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Top five: Bundesliga youngsters

Germany are producing quality young talent (©GettyImages)
Germany are producing quality young talent (©GettyImages).

All across Europe, teams and their academies are producing young talent, to start shaping the future of football.

Many of Europe’s top leagues have great young players all set for stardom in the future, such as Isco in Spain and Stephan El Shaarawy in Italy.

However it is the German Bundesliga that arguably has some of the most promising stars out there, who we are likely to hear a lot more of in the future.

So here I want to list five of Germany’s best young stars who if they haven’t already, will be likely to break out very soon.

Just to clarify, I am setting the cap of ‘young’ at the age of 24 maximum, and that may seem a
bit old, however some of Germany’s best players fall in to this age category and they are just too good to leave out.

5. Julian Draxler

Age: 20

Position: Left wing

Draxler for someone so young, is one of the best players in the Bundesliga. He may be young, but he makes chances, scores chances (18 in total so far), beats defenders and does almost everything well.

Lately Draxler has been gaining the recognition he deserves for his all-round play for Schalke, and at the tender age of 20, he is only going to grow more, whether that be in his current wide role, or more centrally as the years go on.

Either way Draxler will continue to grow and will become truly special.

4. David Alaba

Age: 21

Position: Left-back

The young Austrian has had the Bayern Munich left-back spot all to himself for the past two seasons, and with good reason.

Although rough around the edges, Alaba is certainly the best left-back in Germany, and arguably in the world at the moment.

His forward play is exceptional, he can cross, shoot, and is very quick. He is even Munich’s penalty taker, and he doesn’t miss many.

On top of that, unlike a lot of full-backs, he is actually very good defensively, and in a few years could easily become the unrivalled best left-back in the world.

3. İlkay Gündoğan

Age: 22

Position: Centre-midfield

Able to play in holding midfield or just behind the striker, the versatile German born, Turkish midfielder is now a key part of Borussia Dortmund’s starting line-up.

After several great performances in last year’s Champions League, people started to really take notice of Gündoğan’s style of play.

He is calm under pressure, skilful and good at distributing the ball, he may well be a ready set replacement for Mario Götze.

2. Marco Reus

Age 24

Position: Left wing

At the age of 24, Reus is at the high end of the age bracket, however he is one of the Bundesliga’s best players when playing well.

Not only does he capsulize Borussia Dortmund’s way of playing, filled with energy and pressing, he is also extremely skilful.

His dribbling, link up play, shooting and general play are something to be envied, and he is also helped by the extra yard of pace he possesses over mist of the Bundesliga defenders.

Needless to say, Reus is one of the hottest prospects in football, and we are sure to
see him lighting up the champion’s league more in the future.

1. Mario Götze

Age: 21

Position: Attacking midfield 

Although he has made a slow start to life at Bayern Munich after his big money move, his performances with Borussia Dortmund over the last few seasons have showcased why he is such a big name.

He was Dortmund’s linchpin along with Reus, creating and scoring chances almost every game.

His dribbling, awareness and vision all make him one of the best young centre midfielders in the world, and the older the gets, most likely the better he will become, and he will become a real star.


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