English Players In The Bundesliga Reviewed
In this article, we will be reviewing the performances of the English players that have been playing in the Bundesliga this season. This includes Ademola Lookman, Jadon Sancho, and Reece Oxford. Is the Bundesliga the best place for English youngsters looking to make a breakthrough in their career? Maybe so…
Lookman was a late addition to the Bundesliga after being signed to RB Leipzig from Everton on loan in the January transfer window after current manager Sam Allardyce didn’t see him in his short term plans as they battled it out for a mid table place. So it makes sense for Ademola Lookman to come to such a high paced league that suits his qualities. As well as gives him the game time he wouldn’t have been getting at Everton. It didn’t take long for Lookman to get started either as he came on as a substitute and scored the winner in a game against Borussia Mönchengladbach just 3 days after completing his loan move and becoming the first English goalscorer in the Bundesliga since Owen Hargreaves back in the day. Is there a future for Lookman in the Bundesliga? Definitely in a league where pace, agility, and vision is key. Lookman has already shown those qualities in huge amounts as he has made 7 appearances for RB Leipzig and scored twice and registered an assist in 268 minutes for RB Leipzig. Would Lookman like to have played more minutes? Of course, because out of the 630 potential minutes he could have played he has played 238 but he’s played with great players at a very high level. I do wonder if there will be a place in the starting XI for Ademola in the Everton side next season under Allardyce and they have been very poor as of late. To me, they lack creativity and Lookman could definitely help them if he plays the way he has in Germany.
At just the young age of 17, Jadon Sancho made the bold decision to move to Borussia Dortmund. Before he could have a legal alcoholic drink, he moved to Dortmund in pursuit of success in football. Arguably Borussia Dortmund is a very competitive side to get in with Marco Reus, Maximilian Philipp, and André Schürrle. Unfortunately for Sancho, he has been injured a lot of the time this season but when he has played he has made a positive impact on the game. His natural pace and flair bring something completely new to the game when he’s on the pitch. You can see his hunger and desire to get forward and create something with the ball. Which is really refreshing to watch from such a young English winger. I think with Marco Reus being injured for the majority of the season this has been a great chance for Sancho to announce himself on the Bundesliga stage and he truly has done after he managed to pick up the “Rookie of the month” award for January. So the Bundesliga definitely seems like the best way forward for Jadon and at just 18 years of age, the best is yet to come. Sancho does have a lot of experienced wingers such as Marco Reus and Andre Schürrle to learn from in order to up his game and he will be hoping that next season holds more appearances and starts for Dortmund. We wish him the best of luck next season!
Reece Oxford took the premier league by storm when West Ham beat Arsenal 2-0. New star Reece Oxford received tons of plaudits as he burst onto the scene and suddenly everyone knew who he was. It’s been hard for Reece to break into the team after being on the bench for Mönchengladbach. For the majority of the season but just when he started to gather some form and string some starts together during February. He has ended up missing out on the most recent fixtures with a muscle fibre injury which means he has missed out in the last few matchdays. It goes without saying that Reece Oxford has huge amounts of maturity as it takes a huge amount of bottle to move to Germany at such a young age when you are just starting out in your career. When he has played he has shown a lot promise too. He was a part of 2 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. Which is a record not too shabby when playing in such a big side in Germany and against sides like Borussia Dortmund. Of course, there is still a lot of learning to do. He’s only 19 too so he won’t be at his best performance level just yet. But we’ve already seen his potential and there’s definitely a very bright future for the West Ham loanee.
Is this the way forward for young English players who aren’t getting much game time in England?
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