The Wonderkids: Part 1
As the new League campaign draws closer and Pre Season nears its conclusion, its time to look at the whole host of promising youngsters emerging from the pack. In this series, we will be looking at some of the most exciting players from around the globe vying for a place in the first team. This week we will be looking at Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated signing, 19-year-old Ousmane Dembelé, the newest product rolling off the renowned French
football production line.
The Stade Rennais academy has garnered a reputation recently for uncovering some of the brightest young players and their latest starlet could go on to become one of the greats, despite only bursting on to the scene last season.
Dubbed ‘the French Cristiano Ronaldo’ the young winger only made his first start for the club in November last year in a league match against Bordeaux and it only took him 30 minutes to get on the score sheet with a tap-in from all of 2 yards. He went on to make a total of 29 appearances chipping in with 12 goals and 5 assists along the way. His hastily growing reputation meant the biggest clubs from around Europe where striving to snap up Ligue 1 Young Player of the year, including; Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United. However, Dortmund won the race for the French u-21 superstar and teenager said he was "really impressed" with the Bundesliga club, adding he "can't wait to play in the Champions League" with long-time Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc saying: "[Ousmane] is strong one-on-one, can play with both feet, has a lot of skill and is quick and has an eye for goal." So, with this in mind lets take a look at his strengths and weaknesses
At 5’ 8” the speedy winger is natural in several positions across the frontline and is known to handle himself in a professional manner despite his tender age. A technically gifted player, Dembelé, is known for his quick feet with the ball allowing him to effortlessly glide past players. Also, his technical accuracy underpins his ability to cut inside and stay composed to put the ball into the back of the net. However, with many young players there is still ample room for improvement within his game. The weakest area of his game being his inability to release the ball at the correct time and his incompetence to compete in the air.
The future looks bright for Dortmund’s newest superstar, playing in front of 80,000 with some of the best players in the Bundesliga can surely only help him push on to become a future Ballon D’or contender in the coming years.