Dortmund remaining cautious over Youssoufa Moukoko's development

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Blaise Bourgeois

Borussia Dortmund youngster Youssoufa Moukoko is undoubtedly one of the world’s best young talents and has already been tipped to join the first-team very soon despite only being 15 years old.

However, the club will not rush him into that situation.

Moukoko has been unbelievable in the U-19 Bundesliga this season, bagging an incredible 34 goals in just 20 appearances, scoring SIX goals on his U-19 Bundesliga debut.

While the Germany U-16 regular has limitless hype, Dortmund will take their time integrating him into the first-team.

“The framework conditions for professional appearances by absolute exceptional players of this age has been created, but we are not putting any pressure on him at all,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Bild am Sonntag.

“We do well not to raise expectations of Youssoufa too high.”

Head of Dortmund’s licensing player department Sebastian Kehl also chimed in on the matter, also sharing Zorc’s sentiment.

“There will always be a decision on a case-by-case basis, which will not only be made on the basis of sporting skills,” he said.

“Here physical and mental aspects, but also the personality of the player play a major role. We will all handle it very responsibly.”

Moukoko will be eligible to feature for the first-team when he turns 16 on 20 November, thanks to a Bundesliga rule change which previously would have prevented him from playing until he turned 17.

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