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11 Young German Players that Newcastle Should Scout – Part 2

Amin Younes

Following on from the first part of this article, where we focused on the brightest young German defenders in the Bundesliga, we now take a look at the front end of our Bundesliga XI; we have focused on the more attack-minded in this second part, focusing on the players, who we feel, are on the cusp of greatness. 

Here we go:

Moritz Leitner – Leitner is a 20 year midfielder who currently plays for defending Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund. Leitner can play as a deep lying creative midfielder or an attacking midfielder. Leitner made his professional debut at the tender of age of 17 in the second tear of Bundesliga football playing for 1860 Munich.

He has been capped at youth levels by both the German and Austrian national teams. Leitner’s strengths lie in his crisp passing ability, tackling and long range shooting. One area where he needs to improve is his aerial ability. Given the number of high profile midfielders that Dortmund posses Leitner could be available rather more easily.

Amin Younes – Amin Younes is a 19 year German footballer of Lebanese descent who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a right winger for his club Borussia Monchengladbach. Dubbed as one of the best talents in German football, Younes has consistently been capped by Germany at all youth levels. 2012-13 has been the break through season for the youngster. He has an eye for a pass and can tackle well, however at 19 he is still a bit raw and needs nurturing. Younes recently scored his first Bundesliga goal against Borussia Dortmund.

Emre Can – Aged just 17, his coach in at the 2011 U17 world cup in Mexico described him as the most complete player he had ever seen. Can is a 19 year old left sided attacking player who currently plays for the German giants Bayern Munich’s second eleven. He can play as left wing back and has occasionally played at center back too. Consistently capped by all German underage teams, Can won the prestigious Fritz Walter gold medal in 2011 in the U-17 category. Even though Can has yet to make his Bundesliga debut, it’s only a matter of time before he does so and takes the game by storm.

Tolgay Arslan – One player who has come on leaps and bounds this season is the Turkish born German midfielder, Tolgay Arslan. The 22 year old has put in cracking displays for Hamburger SV against some of the top sides in Bundesliga. Even though his natural instinct is to be an attacking midfielder he is happy to do the defensive duties as well. Despite earlier representing Turky at U19 and 21 sides, Arslan has now decided to represent Germany. Arslan is a strong runner with the ball, a good tackler, an excellent passer and has a very adaptable game. It’s only a matter of time before we hear more of this young German.

Kevin Volland – Kevin Volland is a 22 year striker who plays for the Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim, whom he joined from 1860 Munich. He, like many others, has been capped by Germany at all the youth levels and also won the Bronze Fritz Walter medal in the U19 category in 2011. The player’s strength lies in his dribbling ability, crossing and playing clever passes. He has one of the highest tally of assists for Hoffenheim this season. There are areas which do need to be refined but he has already improved a lot due to his determination, versatility and overall ability. Just a bit of polishing and he will be a superstar.

Here is what the team would look like:

These 11 players may not be available at bargain prices. However you can’t argue that they are not value for money

Have any of you seen these lads play before? Are they realistic targets for a club of Newcastle’s stature?

About Himanshu Dhingra (115 Articles)
I am a Newcastle United Fan and an Economist by Degree, Follow me on Twitter @HD_07. I love Indian Politics, Cricket, Formula 1, lawn Tennis

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