🔟 young stars ready to set the Bundesliga alight 👶

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Lewis Ambrose

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The Bundesliga has established itself as the place to be for rising talents in recent years.

From Mesut Özil, to Roberto Firmino via Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho, it doesn’t matter how old you are. If you’re talented, you’ll get your shot.

So here are 10 young players, some more well known than others, to look out for in 2020/21.

Tyler Adams

  • Age: 21
  • RB Leipzig / USA
  • Midfielder

One of two Americans on this list, Adams has already made waves and scored Leipzig’s winner in the Champions League quarter-final defeat of Atlético Madrid in August.

A versatile talent, he’s best as an all-action midfielder and will want to make up for lost time after missing much of last season through injury.

Jude Bellingham

  • Age: 17
  • Borussia Dortmund / England
  • Midfielder

The teen sensation from Birmingham joined Dortmund this summer and impressed throughout pre-season. Intelligent with and without the ball, Bellingham is an excellent dribbler, has an eye for goal, and already looks physically ready for the professional game.

He recently made history by becoming the youngest player, and goalscorer to every feature for the England U-21s, then became the youngest player to ever score for Dortmund on Monday.

Matheus Cunha

  • Age: 21
  • Hertha BSC / Brazil
  • Forward

An electric forward who can create something out of nothing, Cunha was signed from RB Leipzig last January for around €18m. He looks likely to be worth every penny.

The Brazilian can play wide or down the middle and netted a goal every 149 minutes last season after his switch to the Olympiastadion.

Ritsu Doan

  • Age: 22
  • Arminia Bielefeld / Japan
  • Attacking midfielder

The oldest player on this list is possibly one of the least well known and absolutely a player to watch this season.

On loan from PSV Eindhoven, the tricky winger had an exciting breakthrough season with Groningen two years ago and will be looking to recapture that form.

Youssoufa Moukoko

  • Age: 15
  • Borussia Dortmund / Germany
  • Striker

That’s right, just 15.

Moukoko isn’t even eligible to play in the Bundesliga until he turns 16 in November but is considered such a huge talent that he is almost guaranteed to become the league’s youngest ever player.

A stocky and unselfish centre-forward, his goalscoring record at youth level has broken records and he’ll play back up to Erling Haaland in the second half of the campaign.

Josh Sargent

  • Age: 20
  • Werder Bremen / USA
  • Striker

Just two weeks ago, Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt said he “can’t imagine a starting XI without Josh Sargent. If we had the Bundesliga today, Josh would be playing”, so we guess he’ll be an important player this season.

A tricky 2019/20 campaign for Bremen put the striker’s development on ice as he sacrificed goals to work for the team. He has six Bundesliga striker to his name, though, and doesn’t turn 21 until February. Big things may be just around the corner.

Malick Thiaw

  • Age: 19
  • Schalke / Finland
  • Centre-back

A dominant centre-half, Thiaw was handed his first taste of Bundesliga action last season and will be hoping there’s more to come.

The 6’3″ teenager is confident on the ball, has a  superb turn of pace, and showed great reading of the game in his limited 72 minutes of top flight action in 2019/20.

Florian Wirtz

  • Age: 17
  • Bayer Leverkusen / Germany
  • Attacking midfielder

Wirtz made Bundesliga history last season, scoring against Bayern Munich in June to become the youngest Bundesliga goalscorer ever.

An exciting dribbler, he should get plenty of chances at Leverkusen following the departures of Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland.

Hannes Wolf

  • Age: 21
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach / Austria
  • Attacking midfielder

It’s finally time for the Bundesliga to see Hannes Wolf in full flow. The two-footed youngster joined RB Leipzig last summer after managing a goal or assist every 93 minutes in the Austrian Bundesliga the previous season.

Injuries limited him to just 58 minutes of action in his first season in Germany but he’s now joined Gladbach on loan and should have the platform to shine.

Joshua Zirkzee

  • Age: 19
  • Bayern Munich / Netherlands
  • Striker

The Bundesliga got a taste of Zirkzee’s talents last season already, as the Dutchman scored four goals in just 295 minutes for Bayern.

An all-round striker with superb technical ability, the teenager is ready for the step up and should get more opportunities as Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller head deeper into their thirties.