The German Bundesliga boosts some of the hottest talents in Europe, so we had a look at 13 youngsters, including one Johannes-burg player, who could set the German league alight this season.
One of the biggest talents in the German league is Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic. The American is still only 19 but has already made 98 appearances for BVB, scoring 12 goals and assisting in another 20. In April 2016, he became the youngest foreigner to score a Bundesliga goal and Europe’s biggest clubs are reportedly chasing the skillful winger, while new Dortmund coach Lucien Favre will hope Pulisic can add more goals to his game in order to help his side to close the gap to Bayern Munich. Pulisic’s teammates Jadon Sancho (18) and Achraf Hakimi (19), who joined the club on loan from real Madrid, are two more hot talents to look out for at BVB this season.
Bayer Leverkusen have a whole group of talented youngsters within their ranks – among them Johannesburg-born Panagiotis Retsos. The defender, who opted to represent Greece at international level, made 28 appearances in his first season and forms part of a very exciting young squad. His teammate Leon Bailey has set the league alight in 2017/18, scoring nine goals and assisting in another six. He, too, was chased by a few big clubs over the offseason but opted to stay and fans can expect more fireworks from the skillful winger. Leverkusen have so many talents in their ranks, that it’s difficult to mention all of them, but Kai Havertz (19), and new Brazilian signing Paulinho (18) also belong to the hottest talents in German football.
At Bayern Munich, Kingsley Coman will be keen to leave his mark on the new campaign after missing large parts last season due to injury. The 22-year-old goes into his third Bundesliga season and many expect him to replace one of Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery in Bayern’s starting XI. Despite his relatively young age, Coman has already lifted 14 trophies in his career and the Frenchman is expected to reach the next level in his development under new coach Niko Kovac.
Last season’s runners-up Schalke also have a few talents in their squad, including Moroccan Amine Harit, who won the Rookie of the Season award in 2017/18. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was somewhat the revelation of last season and many expect him to better his three goals and eight assists this time around. Schalke also signed 20-year-old left-back Hamza Mendyl, with the Moroccan expected to take the league by storm.
Timo Werner, who is still only 22 years old but has already scored 47 goals and assisted another 25 in 158 Bundesliga appearances, as well as his RB Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano (19) also belong to the hot talents expected to turn up the heat this season, while VFB Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard (22) is the only 2018 FIFA World Cup winner in the German league.