The Bundesliga has grow to be certainly one of Chelsea’s favoured locations to buy in latest seasons. And for good purpose too.
Few divisions possess the identical quantity of younger attacking expertise because the German high flight. It is the place Jadon Sancho honed his huge array of abilities earlier than becoming a member of Manchester United this summer season, the place Erling Haaland continues to plunder objective after objective, and the place Cobham graduate Jamal Musiala is at the moment starring.
Understandably, Chelsea have not been afraid to spend massive cash to safe Bundesliga stars. In January 2019, the Blues agreed a deal price as much as £60million to safe Christian Pulisic’s signing from Borussia Dortmund.
All performed essential roles for Chelsea final time period. Massive performances have been delivered within the Premier League and Champions League and key targets have been scored. But given the expertise every possessed, that ought to have been no shock.
Werner, Havertz and Pulisic have been all handed their senior debuts at simply 17 years outdated. From that second on, they have been first-team regulars. Tellingly, the 2 Germans reached 50 league appearances earlier than their nineteenth birthdays. Pulisic, in the meantime, hit that landmark simply 68 days after celebrating his.
Chelsea gained the perfect of each worlds when Pulisic, Werner and Havertz arrived at Stamford Bridge. Every nonetheless had an abundance of potential to understand however all had loads of top-level know-how. They weren’t wide-eyed kids nonetheless discovering their method within the sport.
After all, not all the pieces has gone easily: Pulisic has struggled with accidents, Werner has hardly ever been ruthless in entrance of objective. Havertz too struggled early on earlier than asserting himself within the beginning XI and scoring the objective that gained Chelsea the Champions League.
There isn’t any doubt the Blues will return to the Bundesliga sooner or later when trying to enhance their squad; they have been interested by signing Haaland this summer season just for Dortmund to make it clear the Norwegian was not going to depart.
And if Chelsea need to keep on with their components of signing younger stars with expertise past their years, listed below are three gamers they need to goal subsequent summer season.
The midfielder is closing in on 100 senior appearances in membership soccer and is an everyday in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up. It is spectacular, and all of the extra so given Bellingham solely turned 18 years outdated in June.
What Bellingham has achieved at such a younger age will not be regular. He was a fixture within the Birmingham Metropolis facet within the Championship at simply 16. He bought his transfer to Dortmund at 17 and he has thrived in German soccer.
This time period, Bellingham has began every of BVB’s opening 5 fixtures. He’s a key determine within the Bundesliga giants’ midfield, a participant unafraid to take accountability.
“I really like the way in which he performs soccer,” Dortmund boss Marco Rose mentioned in the summertime. “I feel he’s an aggressive participant who does a lot for the workforce but in addition performs soccer with such confidence for his comparatively younger age.”
It is doubtless Bellingham attracts Premier League curiosity subsequent summer season. Chelsea have saved tabs on the England worldwide’s progress since he emerged at Birmingham whereas Manchester United and Liverpool have been beforehand linked.
Able to enjoying as a quantity eight or in a double six and with two seasons of Bundesliga expertise beneath his belt, Bellingham could be a great match for Chelsea’s midfield, which can want refreshing within the seasons forward with Jorginho and N’Golo Kante each in or approaching their thirties.
A burgeoning American star who’s honing his sport at Borussia Dortmund. Sounds very acquainted, would not it? However that’s maybe the place the comparisons between Pulisic and Reyna finish.
“What he did in Germany was superb, and it’s cool to be in comparison with him as he’s doing so properly now within the Premier League,” the 18-year-old instructed Bundesliga.com in 2019. “However I’m attempting to create my very own path, as a result of we’re completely different gamers.
“The best way he created a path for Individuals to return to Germany, and particularly now in Dortmund for me, is actually thrilling. So yeah, he’s performed numerous nice stuff.”
But so has Reyna since he broke into the Dortmund facet in January 2020. A sublime passer, nimble dribbler, and clever person of house, the U.S. worldwide has made fairly the impression alongside the likes of Haaland, Bellingham, and earlier than his transfer to Manchester United, Sancho.
Previous to the worldwide break, Reyna grew to become the youngest participant in Bundesliga historical past (18 years and 287 days) to make 50 appearances when he began and scored in Dortmund’s victory over Hoffenheim. It is a report he took from Havertz.
Comfy enjoying throughout the second line of the assault and, as has been proven this time period, as an eight, it will not be too lengthy till certainly one of Europe’s strongest golf equipment approaches Dortmund with a proposal for the 18-year-old.
It was a blow for Bayer Leverkusen to lose Havertz to Chelsea final summer season. Nonetheless, the emergence of Wirtz actually made the departure of the silky German extra palatable.
Wirtz made his senior debut for Bayer in Could 2020 in opposition to Werder Breman. In doing so on the age of 17 years and 15 days, he grew to become Leverkusen’s youngest Bundesliga debutant, a report he claimed from Havertz.
The artistic midfielder has since gone on to ascertain himself as a key determine of the Bundesliga facet’s beginning XI, and has already made 49 membership appearances and been capped by Germany.
“Florian has pace, technical high quality, intelligence, is fearless on the pitch, and performs with a naturalness that may be very, very uncommon at this age,” Bayer boss Gerardo Seoane mentioned this summer season. He additionally acknowledged Wirtz was essentially the most full participant he’d seen at 18 years outdated.
Naturally, a number of Champions League contenders have already been linked with a future transfer for Wirtz. Bayern Munich, clearly, but in addition Liverpool and Barcelona. It will not be too lengthy till he makes his massive transfer.