Germany’s Bundesliga has provided a rich bed of young talent for Premier League clubs in recent years.
Leroy Sane, Heung-min Son and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have all made the switch from Germany to England at a young age.
More recently, the likes of Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner, Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt have all caught headlines as the latest batch of Bundesliga talent.
But while attention is often paid to the stand-out performers, the Bundesliga is also home to a plethora of youngsters who have perhaps fallen beneath the radar, yet still have the potential to flourish.
Here are a few lesser-known Bundesliga talents who could make the switch to the Premier League in the coming months…
Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt)
The 21-year-old Serbian has stolen the headlines at Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scoring a remarkable 22 goals in 35 appearances. That includes the solitary goal in Eintracht’s 1-0 victory on aggregate against Inter Milan in the Europa League.
With 15 in the Bundesliga alone, Jovic has contributed to over 29 per cent of Eintracht Frankfurt’s 51 domestic goals. With such potency in front of goal, every single manager up and down the Premier League should be looking towards Eintracht Frankfurt’s young striker with envy.
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Aside from Jadon Sancho, it is hard to think of a 19-year-old who is better placed in world football than Kai Havertz.
With 13 goals and 6 assists in 34 appearances in all competitions, Havertz was awarded the prestigious gold medal in the Fritz Walter competition in 2018; which is awarded to the best young talent in Germany.
Already a part of Joachim Löw’s plans for the German national side at just 19 years old, the Bayer Leverkusen man has made 3 appearances for Die Mannschaft and most recently starred in Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia. Like Jovic, Kai Havertz will have suitors in both the Premier League and beyond in the very near future.
Hoffenheim’s Brazilian striker Joelinton has already been linked with Newcastle United and it is easy to see why.
In his breakout season with Julian Nagelsmann’s side, the striker has 10 goals in domestic competitions, including 2 in Hoffenheim’s 4-1 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen back in November.
The 22-year-old has also translated this form onto the European stage, scoring in Hoffenheim’s 3-3 draw with Lyon in the Champions League, whilst also impressing in both matches against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City .
Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Monchengladbach)
When 1860 Munich were demoted to the Bavarian regional division in 2017, Florian Neuhaus could have seen his career stink into the depths of the German lower leagues.
However, following a year with Fortuna Dusseldorf in the 2. Bundesliga, Neuhaus has enjoyed a breakout season with Borussia Monchengladbach and has appeared in all but one of Dieter Hecking’s sides’ Bundesliga matches.
With three goals and seven assists from the heart of midfield, it is easy to see why Neuhaus may attract attention from the Premier League, especially when admittedly premature comparisons to the likes of Lampard and Gerrard can be made.
Maximilian Eggestein (Werder Bremen)
Having seen both Torsten Frings and Mesut Ozil perform at the Weserstadion in recent years, Werder Bremen are no strangers to world class midfielders. Maximilian Eggestein appears to be the next off that conveyor belt.
The central midfielder has appeared in every single one of Werder Bremen’s Bundesliga matches this campaign, such is his importance, and the 22-year-old is also currently in his finest vein of form, with three assists in his last three domestic matches.
Eggestein has already made seven appearances for the Germany Under 21 side and has recently received his first call up from Joachim Loew to the senior side, which alongside interest from Borussia Dortmund is evidence that his stock is meteorically rising in Germany. It may come as no surprise if that interest is soon translated across the English channel.
Milot Rashica (Werder Bremen)
Eggestein’s Werder Bremen teammate Milot Rashica has not enjoyed an easy route to professional football having grown up in war-torn Kosovo, but the right midfielder is the better for it, having already made 20 appearances for his national side by the age of 22.
Recognised as a extreme talent since his days at Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands, Rashica has matured under the tutelage of Florian Kohfeldt this season and has contributed 8 goals in 20 appearances for Bremen in the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal.
In fact, since Germany’s annual winter break, the Kosovan has been in the best form of his short career, scoring braces in both of the recent victories against Schalke and Augsburg.
Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Borussia Monchengladbach have the Bundesliga’s fifth best defence, having only conceded 31 goals. Young Swiss defender Nico Elvedi has been integral to that success.
With 119 Monchengladbach appearances under his belt by the age of 22, as well as 9 for Switzerland, Elvedi is certainly no stranger to first team football.
Very much the epitome of a modern day defender, averaging over two interceptions per Bundesliga match, Elvedi is in the same mould as the likes of John Stones and Joe Gomez. With a pass completion rate of 92.4 per cent, Borussia Mönchengladbach may soon find some suitors for their young Swiss defender.
Maximilian Mittelstadt (Hertha Berlin)
While Kai Havertz won gold in the 2018 Fritz Walter competition, Maximilian Mittelstadt was awarded bronze in the 2016 edition of the contest.
This season, the 22-year-old has made 19 appearances and has formed an integral part of a Hertha Berlin side that has achieved scalps including a 2-0 victory against perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich
Mittelstadt has played at left midfield, left back, as well as in the heart of midfield this term. With such versatility, the Hertha BSC youngster may find himself coveted by a number of Premier League clubs over the coming months.
Obite Evan N’Dicka (Eintracht Frankfurt)
While attention is quite rightly often cast upon Eintracht Frankfurt’s stellar attacking trio of Luka Jovic, Sebastian Haller and Ante Rebic, Obit Evan N’Dicka has provided a bright spark for Adolf Hutter’s men in the heart of defence.
The 18-year-old defender has made 23 appearances for the Eagles this season, following a move from Auxerre in the summer, and even opened the scoring in Frankfurt’s 4-1 victory against Hannover 96.
That he was at the heart of Eintracht’s two successive clean-sheets in their Europa League triumph over Inter Milan is a testament to N’Dicka’s success during his first season in Germany.
N’Dicka has averaged around two tackles per game, as well as over four clearances and, giving him the no-nonsense style that has attracted many a Premier League manager.
Jean-Philippe Mateta (Mainz)
Strikers who can score in a faltering side are a useful asset. With seven goals in 23 appearances this season, Jean-Philippe Mateta is one such example, performing in a Mainz side that finds itself in thirteenth place in the table.
The French striker has been responsible for over 25 per cent of Mainz’s goals this season and on every occasion the 21-year-old has scored, the Zero-Fives have avoided defeat.
Strong in the air, evident in his powerful headed goal in the 3-0 victory against struggling Schalke, Mateta may prove perfectly suited to the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.