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The 2019/20 Bundesliga season kick-starts on Friday evening with defending champions Bayern Munich set for a tough test away to Hertha Berlin. Ahead of the big kick-off, we have decided to profile five young stars who have moved in the summer who are primed for influential seasons with their respective sides.
Julian Brandt - Borrusia Dortmund
The oldest of the fantastic five of our selection, it’s a big season ahead winger Julian Brandt. Dortmund moved quickly to secure the services of the attacker for a fee of €25m. Having become a key player at Bayer Leverkusen over the years, whilst breaking into the German national team.
The versatility of the 23-year old could be the strength of the summer accusation who can happily play on the wing or behind the striker. Now Brandt must step up at the Signal Iduna Park as Lucien Favre looks to add to his squad and push Bayern all the way in the title race.
Because I’m happy 😃 pic.twitter.com/4mUePppmkg— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 13, 2019
Moussa Diaby – Bayern Leverkusen
French U20 international Moussa Diaby swapped Ligue 1 Champions PSG for Bayern Leverkusen in the summer and will be looking to hit the ground running in Peter Bosz’s side. The winger only had limited game-time in Paris last season and will be raring to make an impact in the Bundesliga.
Blessed with plenty of pace, Diaby will be looking to strike up a relationship with playmaker Kai Havertz who enjoyed a breakout season last term scoring 17 Bundesliga goals last season. With Leverkusen playing Champions League this season, Diaby will be hoping for more game-time and a chance to develop further under Bosz at the BayArena.
Ademola Lookman – RB Leipzig
English winger Ademola Lookman will be looking to stand out with RB Leipzig after completing a highly anticipated move from Everton in the summer. The 21-year old is no stranger to the Bundesliga having joined Leipzig on loan towards the end of the 2018/18 campaign, bagging five goals in eleven games.
The opportunity to link up Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who has a stellar record at developing young players particular wingers was one of the decisive factors for the Wandsworth born player. Lookman will also not be the only British player in the squad, with Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu secured from Chelsea on loan.
Endlich! I am very blessed to be a player of @borussia, excited to be a part of this great team and history! I can’t wait to start playing for my new colours 🐎. Danke schön for all the messages, I read them all👀🙌🏿💚. #DieFohlen Tikus🦍 pic.twitter.com/HMWUvCQfQ5— T I K U S 🦍 (@MarcusThuram) July 22, 2019
Marcus Thuram – Borussia Mönchengladbach
With Thorgan Hazard trading Borussia Mönchengladbach for Borussia Dortmund, the foals looked to replace the Belgian international with a big-name replacement. After searching across Europe Gladbach settled on Guingamp attacker Marcus Thuram, son of World Cup-winning defender Lilian.
At just 22-years old, Thuram has plenty of potential to develop at Gladbach under the watchful eye of boss Marco Rose. Having been handed the number 10 shirt, the pressure is on Thuram to deliver. Providing the French U-20 international gets game-time he could well be following in the footsteps of his famous father.
Dejan Joveljić – Frankfurt
Frankfurt surprised many last year, with their brand of football propelling them all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Central to their success was the goals of Luka Jović and Sébastien Haller who moved to Real Madrid and West Ham during the summer.
Frankfurt quickly identified Dejan Joveljić as the man to replace Jović, and the 20-year old shares plenty of similar characteristics with the Serbian international. Both players have played for Red Star Belgrade, making their professional debuts with the Serbian giants and both have an eye for goal. Joveljić had an impressive record of eight goals in seventeen appearances last season, and Frankfurt fans will be hoping that the striker can hit the ground running as they look to break into the top four.