7 German Youngsters Who English Teams Should Look to Poach to Replicate Jadon Sancho Move

Bundesliga clubs luring British talent overseas seems to be the in thing these days. Ever since Jadon Sancho exploded onto the scene after leaving Manchester City, clubs are looking to try their luck at unearthing another gem of their own.

However, German sides aren’t the only ones who can lure young prospects overseas. Premier League teams have been doing it for years, and it is time for them to step it up a notch.

7. Herdi Bukusu

Tobias Raschl,Herdi Bukusu

Herdi Bukusu is currently making waves in youth football. He has nine goals in 12 games for Bayer Leverkusen’s Under-19 side this season, and Europe should take note of the powerful winger.

He was included on the bench for a Europa League clash with AEK Larnaca in December but, even with the score at 5-1 to the Germans, Bukusu remained unused. The likes of Leon Bailey and Kevin Volland dominate the lineup in the senior team, whilst wonderkid Paulinho is also given plenty of chances to impress.

At 18, Bukusu certainly has an important choice to make now. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could opt to test himself somewhere new, and English sides should be all over him.

6. Antonis Aidonis

U17 Netherlands v U17 Germany - U17-Juniors Algarve Cup

After leaving Hoffenheim to join Stuttgart in 2018, it is clear that Antonis Aidonis wants to see a clear path into first-team football. The 17-year-old is viewed as one of Germany’s finest defensive prospects, which should certainly appeal to English sides.

A quick, technically gifted central defender, Aidonis has often featured in a midfield role as his sides look to get the best out of the youngster. He has started just once for Stuttgart this season, but has regularly been an unused substitute on matchdays.

Aidonis has been compared to Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, and there is little doubt that the 17-year-old is set for a successful career. However, currently lost in purgatory between youth and adult football, Aidonis could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

5. Gian-Luca Itter

Gian-Luca Itter

Most fans of German youth football will tell you that Gian-Luca Itter is set for a successful career as the left-back of the national team. The 20-year-old is an attack-minded defender who loves to use his pace and crossing abilities to wreak havoc on opposition defences.

Last season, he racked up ten assists for Wolfsburg’s Under-19 side, and it is clear that he is ready for the transition to senior football, thanks to his composure and vision. Compared to Bayern Munich stars David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich, Itter is one of the country’s finest prospects.

However, he has started just once in the Bundesliga this season, with Wolfsburg instead preferring Frenchman Jerome Roussillon at left-back. If a Premier League side need a full-back with all the potential in the world, they would be foolish to look past Itter.

4. Jean-Manuel Mbom

Jean-Manuel Mbom

Goalscoring midfielders are always a valuable commodity in the Premier League, which bodes well for Jean-Manuel Mbom. The Werder Bremen starlet managed to net 18 goals in 20 matches two seasons ago, but his form has slowed down as injuries began to stunt his development.

Nevertheless, Mbom’s vision and attacking positioning still make him an intriguing prospect. Only a few seasons ago, he seemed destined for stardom, but may just need a chance to prove himself.

A regular feature for Germany’s youth sides, Mbom is yet to make an impact at senior level for either club or country, but could prove to be a true bargain for any English side.

3. Linton Maina

Linton Maina

Linton Maina is already on the shortlist of many Premier League scouts, with Manchester United thought to be seriously impressed with the 19-year-old. 

The pacy winger is already a regular in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96, with 13 senior appearances to his name to date. After netting his first goal back in November, Maina’s name has been on the lips of many in Germany, and understandably so.

If Maina continues on this upwards trajectory, he could become a valuable asset, and clubs should move to sign him soon, before his value rockets up.

2. Lars Lukas Mai

Lars Lukas Mai

Lars Lukas Mai has been the star of Bayern’s youth teams since joining the club in 2014. The towering centre-back is strong and technically gifted, and the Bundesliga giants have earmarked him as one for the future.

The 18-year-old made his senior debut towards the end of last season, but has since been relegated to the bench. Cementing a permanent place in the lineup will not be easy for Mai, who is competing with Mats Hummels, Nicklas Sule and Jerome Boateng for a place on the team sheet.

It would take an enormous offer to tempt Bayern to part with Mai, similar to the £35m which they were looking to spend on Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi. Chelsea did not appreciate Bayern’s public pursuit of their starlet, and maybe it is time for Bayern to have a taste of their own medicine.

1. Elias Abouchabaka

FC Porto v RB Leipzig - UEFA Youth League

Aside from having one of the greatest names in football, 18-year-old Elias Abouchabaka is another German wonderkid who is destined for big things. However, if you just looked at his current situation, you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

The RB Leipzig youngster is currently on loan with second-tier side Greuther Furth, but has made just three appearances all season, accumulating a total of 59 minutes of competitive action. Instead, Abouchabaka has spent the majority of his time with Greuther Furth’s reserve sides.

A star of Germany’s youth sides for several years, Abouchabaka still has plenty of time to carve out a stellar career for himself, and English sides should look to offer him a platform to showcase his talents on the big stage.


Franck Ribery Speaks Out on Bayern Future Ahead of Contract Expiry in the Summer

?Bayern winger Franck Ribery has said he will do all he can to continue his career with the Bavarian giants beyond the expiry of his contract in the summer, and that he is not prepared to ‘cheat’ on the club with regards to his potential exit. 

The 35-year-old has struggled with injuries as of late, and with his contract expiring in the summer and manager Niko Kovac reportedly looking to refresh the squad to reclaim their stranglehold on the Bundesliga in the months to come, many have suggested that Ribery could be one of the first to go. 

Franck Ribery

The player himself, though, tells a different story, saying he is still feeling good, and is prepared to give his all to the club for as long as he physically can.

“I will never cheat with ?Bayern. We will see how it goes in the coming weeks.,” said the French winger, via ?France Football. “We will sit together with the leaders and my adviser.

“I am someone whole. I will continue to Bayern if I can always give everything for him. It feels like I can still do at least thirty-five games. To be there in the big events. 

“In the field, my problems are behind me. I forget everything. I still need this adrenaline. Our discussions will be sincere, although I know that I have opportunities to stay. My final decision will be in perfect harmony with the club.”

Although they have endured a difficult season, Ribery and Bayern have clawed themselves back into the ?Bundesliga title race, and are now just five points off leaders ?Borussia Dortmund with 15 games remaining. 

And Ribery, who has won the trophy eight times with the Bavarians, believes they are very much in with a chance, despite the team lacking the characteristic swagger it has possessed in previous years.

Rafinha,Arturo Vidal,Franck Ribery

“Everything remains possible for the title. We had a lot of problems at first, we have a lot of young people. 

“There may not be all the confidence we had before. But the team is recovering. She must still gain in personality and maturity.”


Images of 2019 adidas Retro Kits Including Classic Manchester United Home Shirt Leaked

Manchester United is starting to feel like its old self again, with results and moods having taken a significant upturn since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim manager in December.?

And it seems that performances aren’t the only think harking back to the old days, with a retro-style Manchester United home shirt appearing online.

?These images were leaked by Footy Headlines, but this kit will not be worn by the team next season. This is actually the latest in adidas’ Icon Collection, which was launched for the 2018/19 season.

adidas released limited edition classic shirts for all its teams, including a plain red short-sleeved ?Manchester United home shirt reminiscent of those worn by the Busby Babes.

This new kit appears to be a throwback to those worn in the late 1980s, with shiny red vertical stripes, a white and black collar, and white cuffs on the sleeves.

The latest Icon Collection shirts for Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid have also been leaked by ?Footy Headlines.

The ?Real Madrid kit appears to be based on a similar design, with white shiny stripes, a black and gold collar, and black sleeve cuffs.

?Arsenal’s is a yellow away kit like those worn by the club in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with three black horizontal stripes across the chest. ?Bayern’s is a similar design – a black away kit with red stripes.

The ?Juventus shirt is the only one of which there are no photographs, but concept art depicts a black shirt with white stripes across the middle and down the sleeves.

Flamengo – which was also included in the 2018 Icon Collection – is expected to get a 2019 update as well.


Augsburg vs Bayern Munich: Niko Kovac’s Best Available FC Hollywood Lineup

Bayern will look to continue closing the gap on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund when they face Augsburg on Friday night.

With their title rivals in a bit of a rut after two league draws, a DFB-Pokal exit and a loss to Tottenham in the Champions League, Bayern have the chance to exert more pressure with a good result on Friday.

Here’s the team Niko Kovac could select on Friday.

?Goalkeeper and Defenders

Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer (GK) – The Germany international is expected to return from injury in what is a massive boost for ?Bayern ahead of this clash and their trip to Anfield in the Champions League next week.

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – With nine assists in 21 Bundesliga appearances, Kimmich is one of the most creative right backs in Europe.

Jerome Boateng (CB) – While he’s arguably not as good as he was a few years ago, Boateng remains a good option in central defence.

Mats Hummels (CB) – The central defender has featured in 13 league games this season and may start here, although Niklas Sule is another option for Niko Kovac.

David Alaba (LB) – The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best left backs in the world and will be looking for a solid performance before he comes up against ?Mohamed Salah in the ?Champions League next week.


Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka (CM) – Goretzka has been a big hit since his move to Bayern in the summer, scoring six goals and recording an assist, and he’s expected to continue in central midfield here.

Thiago (CM) – The man who makes Bayern’s midfield tick, Thiago will be looking to improve on his current record of two goals and one assist in the league this season.

?James Rodriguez (CM) – The former Monaco man has had a spluttering season but may be given a chance to prove his worth before his side’s trip to England.


Robert Lewandowski

?Serge Gnabry (RW) – With Arjen Robben doubtful through injury, Gnabry should feature on the right. 

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – With 13 goals in 20 appearances, Lewandowski is the joint second top scorer in the Bundesliga, with himself and Marco Reus both sitting one strike behind Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic.

Kingsley Coman (LW) – The France international scored his third goal in all competitions this season in the recent 3-2 DFB-Pokal victory over Hertha Berlin.


Jurgen Klopp All But Rules Key Defender Out of Bayern Clash With Virgil van Dijk Already Absent

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued an update on the fitness of Dejan Lovren, with most signs pointing to the centre-back missing the club’s upcoming Champions League first leg clash with Bayern Munich. 

Lovren has played just 13 times for the Reds this season. He started the campaign with a pelvis issue, making his first Premier League appearance in October against Manchester City, and a hamstring injury sustained against Wolves in January has been keeping him out ever since.

Dejan Lovren,Benjamin Mendy,Sergio Aguero,Bernardo Silva,Raheem Sterling

Lovren did not travel with the rest of the squad for their warm weather training camp in Marbella and, speaking to the club’s ?official website, Klopp admitted he has not been planning for next week’s European tie with the Croatian in mind. 

“I don’t want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it,” Klopp explained. “He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see. But, of course, we have to prepare it differently.”

And, though ?Liverpool are set to be without the titanic presence of Virgil van Dijk for the first leg at Anfield due to suspension, Klopp all but confirmed that ?Lovren would not be risked unless he made a miraculous recovery by Monday.

He continued: “If Dejan gives a sign on Monday – ‘I feel brilliant’ – then we’d have to think anew. But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions.”