Who are the best U-21 prospects in the Bundesliga? Read to find out.
Julian Brandt (Leverkusen)
– At 21, Brandt is already an established member of the German national team. It’s a matter of time before he joins one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Kingsley Coman (Bayern)
– Bayern’s winger is still not a full-time starter, but he’s an unquestionable talent who should be spending more time on the pitch and less time on the bench.
Breel Embolo (Schalke)
– It took a while for Embolo to get it going in Germany since joining Schalke from Basel in 2016. Now, he’s finally beginning to prove his worth, and he’s just scratching the surface of his potential.
Benjamin Henrichs (Leverkusen)
– Henrichs is one of the best left-back prospects in European football. He trails Brandt in his development, but he’s not far behind.
Jean-Kevin Augustin (Leipzig)
– PSG decided to sell the star of France’s youth squads to Leipzig last summer. The move made sense for both sides. PSG’s ambitions meant Augustin was unlikely to ever receive ample playing time, while Leipzig got another rough gem it can polish and then sell for big bucks.
Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart)
– Pavard has been a big part of Stuttgart’s recent rise, first in the promotion from the second German division, and now in the chase for Europe. His performances have earned him a call-up from Deschamps for the international friendlies coming up.
Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart)
– Ascacibar was another excellent purchase made by Stuttgart. The Argentinian is a gifted defensive midfielder with a tireless motor and a brave heart.
Caglar Soyuncu (Freiburg)
– In a way, Soyuncu is very similar to Pavard, and has some of the biggest names in European football watching. He’s a regular for Freiburg and impresses with his ability to read the game, play one-on-one and make tackles.
Riechedly Bazoer (Wolfsburg)
– Bazoer is a product of the famous Ajax youth academy. He’s a strong, reliable central midfielder who’s yet to truly establish himself as an everyday starter. The Dutchman has already debuted for his national team. He has Patrick Vieira potential.
Nico Elvedi (Monchengladbach)
– Elvedi has been one of the most consistent performers for Borussia Monchengladbach this season, playing 90 minutes in all, but two games. Even though his natural position is center back, he can also handle right-back duties.
Denis Zakaria (Monchengladbach)
– The Swiss international is a tall, strong defensive midfielder who Monchengladbach bought from Young Boys after his impressive displays during the last two seasons there. It won’t be long before he becomes Switzerland’s go-to defensive midfielder.
Nadiem Amiri (Hoffenheim)
– Amiri, a son of refugees who fled Afghanistan, is close to achieving his dream – playing in the Premier League. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are rumoured to have interest in the next Emre Can.
Valentino Lazaro (Hertha)
– Lazaro made his debut for Red Bull Salzburg as a 16-year-old and played 100 first-team matches as a teenager for the Austrian side. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he also has 11 caps for the national team as well. All of that, plus his skills, made Hertha Berlin want him and sign him. Valentino is a Willian-type of player, who likes to roam and cause trouble for the oppposition with his ball-handling.
Waldemar Anton (Hannover)
– Anton is a product of Hannover’s academy. He’s not as popular as the other center backs on this list and definitely deserves more attention. Waldemar doesn’t wow you with any aspect of his game, but is solid all around and currently plays for the German U-21 side.
Iver Fossum (Hannover)
– Fossum is a Norwegian midfield prospect who was once put in the same category as Martin Odegaard. He hasn’t blossomed yet. Iver might be a late bloomer, though.