Borussia Dortmund are used to losing their best players to domestic rivals Bayern Munich - Mats Hummels the latest to switch Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz Arena - but there’s a danger their latest star will soon catch the eye of Barcelona.
Unless you watch the Bundesliga on a regular basis - or spend a lot of time playing FIFA or Football Manager - you might not be too familiar with the name Julian Weigl.
Dortmund signed the Germany Under-21 international from 1860 Munich last summer and he’s been superb for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, making 40 appearances in all competitions.
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Weigl has been compared to Barcelona’s world-class holding midfielder Sergio Busquets but on the evidence of his eye-catching performance against Koln on Saturday, the next Xavi might be a more accurate description.
The 20-year-old set a new record for most touches in a Bundesliga match - a superb 214 in all, more than any other player in the league’s history.
Weigl made 209 passes v Koln
Incredibly, Weigl also registered a ridiculous 209 passes from his central midfield position - 198 of which were successful, giving him a 95 per cent passing accuracy statistic.
Weigl has represented Germany’s Under-21 side on five occasions, but surely Joachim Low should be seriously considering him for a place in the first-team squad for this summer’s European Championships in France.
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