Internationally, the Bundesliga does not quite enjoy the status of the English Premier League, but it is (at least) on a par with Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A and even ahead of France's Ligue 1 among the absolute top leagues in Europe. This is also because top talents repeatedly earn their first spurs in the German top flight, who then like to move on to a top team on the island when they have matured, as was the case in the recent past with the outstanding Timo Werner and Kai Havertz at RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, respectively, who have since received the highest honours with Chelsea FC and won the Champions League.
In the summer of 2021, it was Ibrahima Konaté (RB Leipzig -> Liverpool FC) and Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund -> Manchester United), among others, who succumbed to the lure of the Premier League. And it is safe to assume that in the next transfer window, English club representatives with a well-filled wallet will again make approaches to German clubs. After all, the next stars have long been maturing in the Bundesliga. First and foremost, of course, a world-class striker like Erling Haaland, who can virtually choose his future club in the summer of 2022 according to betting.net.
Haaland, of course, is long past the status of a talent, despite being only 21 years old. The same applies to Alphonso Davies, who is even a year younger and was a key player in FC Bayern Münchens Champions League triumph in 2020. For our following list of the currently best five talents in the Bundesliga, we have decided to only consider players who have not yet reached the age of 20. And even with this limitation, the selection was not easy for us. In the end, however, we decided on five still very young professionals who are at the beginning of what is presumably a great career.
Florian Wirtz: Even before his first appearance in the Bundesliga, Florian Wirtz made headlines when the Pulheim native decided to switch sides at the beginning of 2020 after ten years of training at 1. FC Köln and move to Bayer Leverkusen. According to reports, various top clubs from all over Europe were already courting the attacking midfielder at that time, while those responsible in Cologne apparently failed to show Wirtz a suitable perspective.
In Leverkusen, Wirtz did not need a long start-up period and took to the field for the first time in the Bundesliga in May 2020 at the age of 17 years and 15 days. Just 19 days later, the youngster scored for the first time in the top flight and is currently the fourth-youngest Bundesliga player of all time and even the second-youngest goal scorer. A fortnight ago, Wirtz celebrated his debut for the German senior national team in a 2-0 win in Liechtenstein. The excellent technician had already made his debut in the squad in March, but had not yet been called up by then coach Joachim Löw.
Now an absolute top performer at Bayer Leverkusen, more and more speculation is surfacing about clubs considering a Bundesliga transfer. FC Bayern München, who had already courted Wirtz before his move to Leverkusen, are said to be interested, as are European heavyweights from England and Spain. With a contract that runs until 2026 and is said to contain no exit clause, Bayer have the upper hand, but it is doubtful that Wirtz will play for Werkself for several more years.
Jamal Musiala: While Wirtz won the European Championship title with the German U21s in the summer, Jamal Musiala was already part of the senior squad for EURO 2021 and made his first mark on the big stage. In the meantime, the German-English player, who only turned 18 in February and was still playing for the England U21s in the autumn of 2020, but who was born in Stuttgart and then decided to change associations, already has eight senior caps to his name. The youngest Bundesliga and Champions League goal scorer of the record champions is just as popular with national coach Hans-Dieter Flick, who previously helped Musiala make his breakthrough at FC Bayern, as he is with Julian Nagelsmann in Munich.
Due to the strong internal competition, Musiala is often only a wild card at FC Bayern and the DFB, but one can assume that the son of a Nigerian and a German with Polish roots will develop into a mainstay in both teams in the foreseeable future. Musiala's transfer from FC Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2019 was an absolute coup in retrospect - as was signing the top talent early on with a contract until 2026.