U-21’s: Bundesliga’s Wunderkinder

What on earth is a wunderkinder? Wun·der·kind·er, noun. Definition: 2. A person of remarkable talent or ability who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age. From the German, meaning literally “wonder child”. What’s the point of this information? Well, wunderkinder are popping up all over the Bundesliga, Germany’s top league; therefore it seems valuable to get to know a handful of these young superstars.

Emre Mor (19), Forward, Borussia Dortmund

Emre Mor is one of the fastest players in football, regardless of age. The Turkish international amazes fans and frustrates opposing players with his blistering pace. Despite limited minutes for Dortmund, Mor has impressed when given opportunities this season. He possesses a very unique combination of speed, touch, and dribbling control – all quite rare for a young player. With Dortmund’s star Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club somewhat in doubt, Emre Mor could be the man to start up top in a few years.

Christian Pulisic (18), Right Wing, Borussia Dortmund

A regular starter on the right flank for Dortmund, Christian Pulisic has been one of the biggest surprises in European football. The 18 year old is one of the most promising young talents on the entire continent. Last year, Pulisic became the youngest American ever to score for the United States senior team at just 17. When he isn’t terrorizing opposing national teams for the United States, Christian Pulisic has been making quite an impact for Borussia Dortmund’s first team. Pulisic is regularly featured at either right midfield or right wing and he shows no sign of relinquishing his starting role.

Renato Sanches (19), Center Midfielder, Bayern Munich

Alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani, Renato Sanches was Portugal’s most important player at the Euro’s in 2016. Sanches was praised heavily by his Portuguese teammates and fans alike for his string of extremely high quality performances at the tournament. After transferring from Portuguese giant Benfica to Bayern Munich, the young midfielder saw his playing time limited. In a midfield with Arturo Vidal, Thiago, and Xabi Alonso, minutes are hard to come by. Nevertheless, Sanches continues to impress Munich’s upper management as he seeks for more opportunities on the pitch.

Timo Werner (20), Striker, RB Leipzig

The fourth leading scorer in the Bundesliga, Timo Werner is the frontman for Bundesliga villains RB Leipzig. Leipzig has gone somewhat against the grain during their rise through the German leagues, circumventing many of the regulations in German football. All of the drama aside, a huge bright spot for Leipzig has been Timo Werner. The 20 year old already has 11 goals on the year for his club. There is also the possibility that the young striker could see time for the German national team in the near future. The future is bright for Leipzig, Germany, and most of all Timo Werner.

Ousmane Dembélé (19), Midfielder, Borussia Dortmund

Ousmane Dembélé is the best young player in the Bundesliga; in fact, Ousmane Dembélé may just be the best youngster in all of Europe. He possesses a spectacular combination of speed, touch, spacing, and shooting ability that is unbelievably far beyond his years. Dembélé is one of the top three players at Dortmund and he has the potential to be the best player in the entire league. Already making a massive impact this season, the young Frenchman will receive more and more responsibility for both Dortmund and the French national team as he ages.