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11 players that prove the Bundesliga is now best in Europe for young talent

| 13.10.2016

11 best young Bundesliga players

The Bundesliga is becoming the best in class. As far as young, talent 23 and under goes anyway, Germany can now compete with, if not surpass, Premier League and La Liga teams for future talents.

Not simply stockpiling, German clubs have become real hotbeds for youth. And that youth is getting game time and progressing, which all bodes well for the Bundesliga’s future.

So, Coral experts bring you an XI of the best young Bundesliga players of the moment plus subs. Missed any of your favourites tipped for the top? Let us know in the comments section below.

In the meantime, take a look at our picks from the cream of the crop:

Goalkeeper: Timo Horn (23, Cologne)

Horn is our number one in the best young Bundesliga players XI.

Horn is our number one in the best young Bundesliga players XI.

The German national team (9/2 to win 2018 World Cup with Coral) is flush with top young goalkeeping pretenders to Manuel Neuer’s crown. And, Cologne keeper Horn has been distinguishing himself on home soil enough to rank among contenders.

A towering post protector, Horn has so far stayed loyal to his boyhood club, remaining their number one for the past four seasons. With two Bundesliga clean sheets from five already this campaign, it might not be long before the elite come calling.

Right back: Joshua Kimmich (21, Bayern Munich)

Kimmich is a hit for Bayern and Germany.

Kimmich is a hit for Bayern and Germany.

Bayern have proven they are one of the best around at identifying potential and could have sewn up their right back slot for the next decade.

That’s if Kimmich settles on playing in defence and not midfield. The versatile youngster has excelled in several positions, but we choose to have him marauding down the wing, playing out from the back.

It is here he has nailed down a place for Germany. Though it would be a shame to lose the goal threat that has seen the young-gun grab three goals in five Bundesliga appearances this season.

Centre back: Jonathan Tah (20, Bayer Leverkusen)

Tah is another Bundesliga talent.

Tah is another Bundesliga talent.

There is plenty of media attention on 20-year-old Tah, who is being hailed as the next dominant Die Mannscahft centre back for years to come.

Powerful, cool and accomplished for his age, the bullish, powerful Bayer boy already has two Germany caps under his belt. It won’t be long before the Premier League takes notice of Tah’s physicality after a tad more experience.

Centre back: Andreas Christensen (20, Borussia Monchengladbach-loan)

Chelsea could regret it if they lose Christensen..

Chelsea could regret it if they lose Christensen..

Curiously, Chelsea are one such English club to be linked with targeting Tah. Yet, they could lose coveted Denmark defender Christensen. The Scandinavian centre half has appeared 36 times in the Bundesliga but just once in the Premier League for his parent club.

At the same age, but silkier on the ball than Tah, Christensen has become a crucial component in the heart of loan club Monchengladbach’s defence.

The centre back’s burgeoning reputation has supposedly caught the eye of Barcelona, thanks to the development time afforded in the Bundesliga rather than England. Watch this space.

Left back: Raphael Guerreiro (22, Borussia Dortmund)

Guerreiro is already a European Championship winner.

Guerreiro is already a European Championship winner.

France-born full back Guerreiro’s guile and graft made him stand out as a promising player for chosen nation Portugal. Already a European Championship winner, Guerreiro grabbed a summer switch to Borussia Dortmund.

Since that move he has proven his worth as an attacking asset, with three assists and two goals in six league outings. Though the flying full back has played in both defence and midfield.

Central midfield: Renato Sanches (19, Bayern Munich)

Will Sanches be a superstar?

Will Sanches be a superstar?

Yet another Bayern boy here, and won who could very well be handed the Golden Boy award for top young player in Europe.

Munich made waves when they swooped for tenacious teenager Sanches, bagging the box-to-box midfielder from Benfica in a deal that could rise to €80 million eventually.

Like Guerreiro, Sanches also played an impressive part in Portugal’s summer silverware. Beyond his years, the sky is the limit for Sanches, who was also tracked by Manchester United. Yet, Bayern and the Bundesliga beat England’s most success club to this talent.

Central midfield: Julian Weigl (21, Borussia Dortmund)

Weigl is an impressive anchor.

Weigl is an impressive anchor.

Wonderboy Weigl’s ability to sit, dictate, shield and act as a deep playmaker would compliment more robusts Sanches perfectly in our imaginary XI.

A conductor who is arguably the jewel in Dortmund’s crown, Weigl would not look out of place orchestrating among the very best. Suitors will come sniffing sooner rather than later. But, for the Bundesliga’s sake, BvB must cling onto this one.

Right wing: Kingsley Coman (20, Bayern Munich)

Coman is one for the future.

Coman is one for the future.

Yep, back to Bayern (1/8 Bundesliga title favourites) again. Still technically Juventus-owned, classy Coman could prove to be the Italian giants’ own Paul Pogba – the one that got away.

Now in his second season at the Allianz Arena, Coman looks a cert to develop into a top class game-changer. Jet-heeled and tricky, the 20-year-old forms part of France’s terrifyingly talented new generation.

Able to play on either wing and behind a striker, Coman forms an integral part of our XI’s fluid forward line.

Attacking midfield: Julian Brandt (20, Bayer Leverkusen)

Brandt has already seen international action.

Brandt has already seen international action.

While nominally a winger, dazzling dangerman Brandt can also do a job centrally and may find his goal return more useful behind a frontman in future.

Last season the Leverkusen starlet was lethal, cutting in to score nine and assist five in the Bundesliga. Not bad. While this term has started a little slower, so much more is expected of the skillful German in the years to come.

Left wing: Ousmane Dembele (19, Borussia Dortmund)

Dembele is dazzling at Dortmund.

Dembele is dazzling at Dortmund.

And yes, yet another score for Dortmund here. Dembele burst onto the scene in his native France for Rennes last campaign, showing real goal threat.

Looking like something special in pre-season with a superb strike versus Man Utd, Dembele seemingly chose the Bundesliga for gametime. Surely on the radar of all big clubs, the lithe and direct attacker has got off to a great start with one goal and two assists in six.

Striker: Breel Embolo (19, Schalke)

Embolo knows how to find the net.

Embolo knows how to find the net.

It seems as though lively centre forward Embolo also opted for Germany ahead of other options due to the chance of more minutes. Schalke duly swooped for the Cameroon-born Switzerland international, who rates as one of our best young Bundesliga players.

Although far from the finished product, Embolo possesses all the raw tools – finishing, pace, power, attitude – to become a top forward in the future.

With two Bundesliga goals bagged already and a handful of assists to boot, his progression path is one to watch.

Subs: Emre Mor (19, Borussia Dortmund), Mahmoud Daoud (20, Borussia Monchengladbach), Tin Jedvaj (20, Bayer Leverkusen), Jesus Vallejo (19, Eintracht Frankfurt – loan), Christian Pulisic (18, Borussia Dortmund).


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Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.