So young but already so majestic: Youssoufa Moukoko (17), Karim Adeyemi (20) and Donyell Malen (23) continue to reenact Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League attack against Sevilla on Tuesday (9:00 pm) with Jude Bellingham ( 19 ) as a conductor.
A victory for Dortmund would almost guarantee qualification for the round of 16 for Borussia’s young guard, and President Hans-Joachim Watzke would have a hard time holding on to that for long.
In mid-August, star Erling Haaland remained at the club for two and a half seasons, adding: “We have to invest more in the youth. But we should also expect these players to leave us after two or three years.” Before moving to Manchester City this summer.
– Moukoko, extreme precociousness –
Yaoundé and Youssoufa Moukoko, a German junior international (currently under 21), broke all records, notably the youngest player in the Bundesliga (16 years and 1 day, the limit set by the League is 16 years) and the younger Bundesliga. Top scorer in the 2020-2021 season (16 years 28 days).
Two years later, Moukoko was on the verge of relegation to the Borussia bench, and 34-year-old Anthony Modeste, who arrived in the Ruhr area, made up for Sébastien Haller’s absence as centre-forward.
President Hans-Joachim Watzke, in the face of Haller’s absence (testicular cancer), did not want to invest everything in young Moukoko and decided to hire Modeste. On Monday, coach Edin Terzic did not rule out a Moukoko / Modeste union at the start of a future meeting.
Moukoko, a Klassiker’s youngest goal scorer (2-2) to revive Borussia between Dortmund and Bayern on Saturday, last Wednesday’s first in the foot (4-1) at Sevilla, lasting poison with his kicks and offers to his teammates, It’s like a perfect middle for the fourth goal for Julian Brandt.
– Adeyemi, express adaptation –
Like Haaland, Karim Adeyemi made his way through Salzburg, where he played for two and a half seasons from January 2020 to July 2022, before joining Dortmund this summer, which is estimated at 30m euros according to German media.
Even though a toe injury kept him off the field for weeks, he quickly found his place in the team.
Against Bayern Munich on Saturday, Borussia came in from the right in the 54th minute on the left wing, completely breaking the Bavarian setup for the second quarter, which consisted of Josip Stanisic and Kingsley Coman.
In yet another rush, he left Coman in place, resulting in the French international’s tactical foul and thus his exclusion for additional time.
– Malen slowed by injuries –
Dutch international Donyell Malen, who took office in the summer of 2021, had a difficult first season with 5 goals cut short by a sprain that caused him to miss the last seven days.
This physical fragility caught him early in the season, despite a summer preparation lauded by his leaders.
“He’s cooler, really lighter and acting more positive,” Borussia Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl said at the end of July.
Malen had been outside for a month, from mid-August to mid-September, with his muscles torn.
With his comeback he brought speed to the left of the BVB attack in the Champions League and in the championship, even though in the 1st round of the Cup at the end of July the goal counter still stuck to a feat.
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