Bundesliga Breakout Stars of the Season: Which players are poised to have breakout seasons?
Here is our list of some of the most promising rising football stars in German. We believe they’re going to make their names bigger in the 2019/20 season.
1. Jann-Fiete Arp, German
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: Centre forward
Robert Lewandowski has been the best of them, still is. The leading foreign scorer in German football is 30 years old now and there’s no better time to start looking for his successor than now. Bayern Munich have done just that by signing Fiete Arp from Hamburger SV. He might have scored only 3 goals in 35 appearances since his Bundesliga debut in 2017 but his demeanor and style of play suggest he is a future Germany national team star. The 2019/20 campaign will be his debut season with the champions.
2. Ademola Lookman, England
Club: RB Leipzig
Premier League or Nigerian fans are familiar with this one. The witty winger who finished high school as an A student in England started getting noticed at Charlton Athletic before being snapped up by Everton in 2017. His appearances at the Toffees were limited despite his electric pace and slick dribbles. It all started to make sense when a loan move to RB Leipzig in 2018 revived his good old Charlton Athletic scoring self, bagging 5 goals in 11 matches. Over the summer, the German club relentlessly pursued a permanent move for the young forward and got their man. The youthful RB Leipzig side could be where he finally makes his mark and it might even be more bitter-sweet for a section of the Nigerian fans who felt hard done by when he turned down the opportunity to represent the Super Eagles. The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup winner is still yet to get a senior international England call-up.
3. Dejan Joveljic, Serbia
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
Position: Centre forward/ Winger
Frankfurt just loves them Serbians, don’t they? Out goes Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and they sign another one for €4 million. Dejan will be making his Bundesliga debut in the new campaign and after getting it right on Jovic, there is no reason not to believe Eintracht are also spot on the young striker. He made his name at Serbian top flight team, Red Star Belgrade scoring 11 goals in 21 appearances between 2016-19. To understand his style of play, think his compatriots Jovic, Aleksander Mitrovic and Argentine Mauro Icardi.
4. Josh Sargent, United States of America
Club: Werder Bremen
Scored his first Bundesliga goal on his debut as a 76th minute substitute, with his first touch in December 2018 for Bremen. What a way to introduce yourself to the world. The Missouri groomed player became a subject of scouting by some of Europe’s elite clubs during his youth days and appearances in tournaments such as the 2016 Nike International friendlies. He got his move to Werder Bremen in January 2018 and featured for their U-23s before his senior debut. When you consider Timothy Weah, Chris Richards, Cristian Pulisic and now Sargent, you would be forgiven for getting excited about the future of USMNT.
5. Dawid Kownacki, Poland
Club: Fortuna Dusseldorf
Position: Centre forward
At 16, the Polish fans called him, “the new Lewandowski.” In July 2017, Italian Serie A club Sampdoria signed him on a 5-year deal and then later on loaned him to Bundesliga side Dusseldorf in January 2019 with an option to buy. After a slow start to life in Italy with only 5 goals in 35 matches, Dawid has scored 4 in 10 since moving to German. He looks like he is rolling back his youth years when he bagged an astounding 25 in 33 for Poland’s youth teams. The Pole was named in the nation’s 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The 2019/20 is a big season for him and we will be watching.
There you have it folks, that’s just five youth stars we will be keeping a keen eye on. Who are you looking forward to watch? Let us know in the comments.