Bundesliga’s Recap of their 2019/20 Season Spotlight on Rising Young Stars
Germany has always been known for developing world-class talent and the Bundesliga is definitely a place to look for tomorrow’s super soccer stars. Before the season gets back underway, here is who to watch out for.
The Bundesliga remains the undisputed home of football’s next biggest stars, and some of them have already secured their status in 2019/20.
The four biggest successes being Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, FC Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz who have all been performing at an elite level this season despite their tender years.
Sancho’s team-high 14 goals and 15 assists mean he has contributed to more goals this season than any other player in the league, including 25-goal top scorer Robert Lewandowski.
Werner is one goal shy of a personal record in the Bundesliga with 21 so far, while Havertz has picked up where he left off from after last season’s 17-goal campaign with six goals and five assists so far.
Davies has perhaps been the Bundesliga’s biggest surprise this season.
Davis not only coming to FC Bayern’s aid when defensive injuries added up to play at left-back but now making the position his own.
Bundesliga’s Unsung Soccer Heroes
Much like the ‘wonderkids’ of the Bundesliga, there are a host of players whose hard work may not have been celebrated as much in the headlines as they deserve. The tireless defensive midfielders, dominant center-backs or those playmakers who get more passes to an assist than the actual assist.
Take Konrad Laimer at Leipzig for example, who has been one of the best performers this term.
The 22-year-old Austrian defensive midfielder is already in his third full season in the Bundesliga and is stamping his authority on every game. No midfielder has won more challenges than his 286, while Paderborn’s Sebastian Vasiliadis shares the same total and is very much of the same ilk – a tireless ball-winning midfielder.
Only four players have covered more distance in 2019/20 than Paderborn’s 22-year-old.
One of the main reasons Union have been able to stay clear of a relegation battle so far this season is their striker Sebastian Andersson.
The Sweden international has 11 goals this season – six of those coming with his head, which is more than any player across Europe’s top five leagues – and five of his goals have been assisted by the Bundesliga’s set-piece king Christopher Trimmel.
Union’s 33-year-old right-back and captain has seven assists in total, the most for an out-and-out defender.
There are so many more out there among the Bundesliga’s array of players, so keep your eyes out for those doing the hard yards to get their side crucial points in the business end of this season.
Source: Release and images courtesy of the Bundesliga