5 Premier League wonderkids who should consider a switch to the Bundesliga
One of the biggest stories during the current transfer window has been the saga surrounding Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi – who won the u17 World Cup with England in 2017 – has apparently been pushing for a move away from Stamford Bridge and it looks likely that German giants Bayern Munich are his destination.
If Hudson-Odoi makes the move, he won’t be the first Premier League youngster to make the jump to the Bundesliga. As most fans are now well aware, English wonderkids Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson have both made the move to Germany in recent years – Sancho with a permanent move to Borussia Dortmund – and both have seen tremendous success.
So who else could “do a Sancho” and make the jump to the Bundesliga? We know about the possibility of Hudson-Odoi moving to Germany, but these other 5 Premier League wonderkids might also consider doing the same in the near future.
#1 Phil Foden
Pep Guardiola might seem to be a firm believer in the talent of England youngster Phil Foden – who has made 16 appearances for Manchester City thus far this season, 11 of which came from the substitutes’ bench – but could his future actually lie away from Eastlands? Quite possibly. Sure, there’s no need for Foden to rush just yet as he’s still only 18 years old, but at some point he’s going to need a lot more first team football than he’s currently getting.
And can the creative midfielder really be expected to get that at Manchester City – where he sits firmly behind David Silva, Bernardo Silva and arguably Ilkay Gundogan in the pecking order? It just doesn’t seem likely. Fans have mentioned a kind of succession movement – in which Bernardo Silva would edge out David Silva as the first choice, with Foden then moving into Bernardo’s spot as second choice, but if that even happens, when will it be?
More to the point, can Foden really trust a club like Manchester City – who throw money around like it means nothing – not to simply go out and buy a proven world-class player in his position once the influence of David Silva begins to wane?
Jadon Sancho evidently didn’t believe first team chances were likely at City and so he jumped to Dortmund, where he’s now thriving. It says a lot that Sancho has 1402 minutes of football this season compared to Foden’s 187. So perhaps Foden would be best to join his former teammate and search for glory in Germany – rather than wait for a shot that might never come in Manchester.