He doesn’t have a full season with professionals, but he has been an integral a part of the European soccer panorama for a number of years. Very (too?) shortly praised by the German press and all observers, Youssoufa Moukoko is within the technique of carving out a spot of alternative in Edin Terzic’s Borussia Dortmund.
And the latest performances of the native of Yaoundé are emulated with already 6 targets and 6 assists in 21 outings in all competitions this season. A lot in order that Hansi Flick took the guess, dangerous or not, to combine him into the German squad for the 2022 World Cup. breaking data and elevating expectations. Even when it means generally forgetting that the Wunderkind will not be but 18 years outdated.
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Lengthy awaited by BvB followers, Youssoufa Moukoko benefited from the return of Edin Terzic to discover a place for himself. Nonetheless, the participant took benefit of a hell of a mix of circumstances, as Marc Hlusiak of Eurosport Germany explains. “With Sébastien Haller’s well being issues and Anthony Modeste’s sophisticated debut, Moukoko had extra alternatives. What would have been his state of affairs beneath Terzic if Haller had remained wholesome?“
Greater than this “recreation of dominoes”, the younger striker is steadily starting to fill the void left by the departure of Erling Haaland to Manchester Metropolis. “He’s nearer to Haaland’s recreation than Modeste. Moukoko is fast, brings depth, a terrific goalscoring end and suits Dortmund’s recreation higher. That is the principle cause why it really works. However once more, he’s nonetheless removed from taking part in effectively in each recreation…“, insists our colleague.
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As a result of every part will not be good for the native of Yaoundé, removed from it. And fortuitously. On the eve of blowing out its 18 candles on November 20, Moukoko nonetheless has loads of room for enchancment. “He has neither Haaland’s physique nor Mbappé’s velocity. He should have endurance and search fixed growth. He additionally generally performs impatiently and doesn’t but have the total vary“, continues Marc Hlusiak.
Outclassed in all age classes among the many Marsupials, Moukoko continues his infernal hunt for data. Final weekend once more, the striker, writer of a outstanding double in opposition to Bochum (3-0), turned the youngest participant within the historical past of the Bundesliga to cross the ten targets within the league. “Information are made to be damaged…“, he let go after the assembly.
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Courted for a number of years by the European cadors, the attacker sees greater than ever the suitors jostling on the gate, and for good cause. On the finish of the contract in June 2023 with Dortmund, Moukoko has nonetheless not prolonged with the Ruhr membership. And the state of affairs nonetheless stays undecided for the German journalist. “He was actually pleased with Terzic’s return, however he isn’t utterly glad, in any other case he would not refuse to increase his contract with BvB but… “
Nonetheless, regardless of requests from PSG, Actual Madrid and FC Barcelona, Marc Hlusiak stays assured about an extension of the participant in Dortmund. “I believe he’ll finally lengthen his contract at Dortmund and perhaps that may embody a launch clause. All of it depends upon the quantity of his wage. (observe, Borussia provides 5, the participant hopes for 7). A transfer to the next standing membership would come far too quickly. It’s removed from secure sufficient for such golf equipment…“
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And if he may proceed to make his mark on the facet of the Westfalenstadion, one other gargantuan problem awaits him within the coming days with a primary choice with the Mannschaft. Timo Werner bundle, the younger prodigy shall be a part of the journey to Qatar, as anticipated throughout the Rhine.
Already this weekend, the striker had confided that he had exchanged with Hansi Flick, the nationwide coach, who had been following him carefully for the reason that begin of the season. “We talked. He informed me to proceed taking part in like this, they comply with every part. Those that carry out shall be there.” And the Wunderkind was rewarded. Virtually the logical sequence of occasions for the previous coach of Bayern Munich. “Youssoufa is progressing very well and might convey so much to the group. He is quick, he is lively, he has an excellent end, you noticed him once more final weekend…“
On the facet of the German press, we had been in any case fairly unanimous on the participation of Wunderkind within the Qatari assembly. “All of us assume there shall be“, assured our colleague at first of the week. After having damaged the home within the “decrease” classes, Moukoko is greater than ever anticipated among the many very massive ones. And we’re already wanting to see the phenomenon on the largest stage of soccer international.
Youssoufa Moukoko scorer in opposition to Stuttgart with Borussia Dortmund in October 2022.
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