It seems that the Bundesliga is now the place to be for the young up-and-coming British footballer at the minute. Highly-rated Chelsea and Wales utility star Ethan Ampadu has recently completed a move to RB Leipzig. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton winger Ademola Lookman is also edging closer to a switch to Leipzig, with the two clubs reportedly negotiations thrashing out a deal which is set to be worth £22million.
A growing band of British youngsters in Germany
The list of young British players heading to Germany to gain regular first-team football is growing. Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho was the first real high-profile player to impress in the German top-flight.
The former City youngster is just one a number of British youngsters in the Bundesliga, including Rabbi Matondo, Reiss Nelson, Reece Oxford. It Lookman and Ampadu are highly unlikely to be the last young players heading to the Bundesliga for the sake of their development.
Lookman impressed on loan at RB Leipzig
Lookman already has experience of playing in the Bundesliga, and specifically in Leipzig after a loan spell at the back end of season 2017/18. The young winger made eleven appearances for Leipzig when on loan, starting seven games and coming on as a substitute on four occasions. During that spell, he scored five times and produced three assists.
The former Charlton youngster wanted to make the move permanent last summer, as did RB Leipzig. However, Everton head coach Marco Silva wanted to work with Lookman and assess if he was in his future plans. Reportedly, he failed to impress in training and subsequently made just three top-flight starts last season, while coming on the bench 18 times too.
His attitude came into question at times during limited appearances, as when he did get on the pitch, he looked disinterested and almost sulky. The move to Leipzig could well work out for all parties.
Everybody knows Lookman has talent. However, maybe his style is better suited to the Bundesliga, where is likely to get more space and also game-time next season. RB Leipzig gets a promising player, while Everton makes a potentially very good profit on a player who no longer looks like he wants to be at the club.
RB Leipzig a great move for talented youngsters
The Bundesliga is a great place for British youngsters to gain vital playing experience and mature as people. RB Leipzig is a particularly attractive destination for youngsters.
They are a highly ambitious club, with one of Europe’s most highly-rated tacticians in Julian Nagelsmann at the helm. Nagelsmann’s managerial acumen for somebody of just 32 years of age is incredible. Nagelsmann has been a rising star in the German coaching game for a while. His performance with Hoffenheim even saw him linked with the biggest job in German, Bayern Munich.
He is a renowned coach, who will be managing his team in the Champions League next season. Leipzig are outsiders to reach the latter stages, but they are certainly assembling an exciting young team.
A move to Germany rather a loan spell in the English Championship or the bottom end of the Premier League must be appealing to young players. It seems that the path from English clubs to Germany could be an even more well-trodden path for years to come for promising young British footballers.
Is Germany now the best country for British players to develop their talents?