Joachim Löw waxes lyrical over Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko

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Blaise Bourgeois

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Dortmund fans have known about Youssoufa Moukoko’s special talent for many years and Germany boss Joachim Löw shares the same sentiment.

Despite not being eligible to play for the Dortmund first-team until he turns 16 on 20 November, the 15-year-old has already been named to Dortmund’s Champions League and Bundesliga squads for the current campaign.

Moukoko has already been involved in the Germany U-16 and U-20 sides and has torn up the U-19 Bundesliga to the tune of 40 goals in his last 23 games – something that has obviously caught Löw’s attention.

“I haven’t seen Moukoko live yet, but I got in touch with his coaches and spoke to [former Dortmund U-19 manager] Michael Skibbe, and I have also watched a couple of videos,” Löw told the Bundesliga website.

“It’s almost hard to believe that someone at that age can score so many goals in a U-19 league against players two or three years older than him.

“He has a talent which you don’t come across that often, especially since age always plays a role in the youth teams.

“It’s difficult if you’re two years younger and you always have to keep an eye on how players develop, but Moukoko has been outstanding in the youth teams so far.”

Joachim Löw isn’t the only big name talking big things about Moukoko this week as the legendary Samuel Eto’o claimed that the youngster would become Lionel Messi’s eventual successor at Barcelona.