• Drew Farmer


The German Bundesliga has become a league where young English players can develop as footballers. For years, English Premier League clubs have denied many youngsters the chance to develop and assume positions in their starting XIs. Loans to clubs in the EFL Championship no longer represent an option for some young footballers, who can find themselves on the bench after one bad performance.

The Bundesliga continues to be an outlet for many English footballers and the arrivals of Jude Bellingham and Ryan Sessegnon show that the German top flight is still the ideal place to go and develop.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho went from being a relative unknown in Manchester City’s youth academy to being the most promising young English footballer in the game. Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund in 2017 at the age of 17. He was immediately included in the club’s senior squad upon arrival and has made the German team look like geniuses ever since. Sancho is expected to return to England to play in the coming years. Manchester United have flirted with signing the winger, but adding him could cost the club a record transfer fee.

Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich

Chelsea let Jamal Musiala get away and now, the 17-year-old is playing in the first-team for Bayern Munich. Born in Stuttgart, Musiala moved to England as a child and spent his youth there. The attacking midfielder joined Chelsea’s youth academy in 2011 but left the London club in 2019 at the age of 16. It didn’t take him long to make a mark in Germany. A year after joining Bayern Munich, he made his debut for the first team as the Germans went on to win the treble.

Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund

Jude Bellingham is one of just two players on this list to have made a mark in England before moving onto Germany to develop further. Bellingham was a fixture in Birmingham City’s midfield in 2019-20, making 41 EFL Championship appearances. Even with the likes of Manchester United interested, Bellingham joined Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020 for a £25 million fee. The amount was a record for a 17-year-old player.

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon – Hoffenheim

Just a few short seasons ago, Ryan Sessegnon was billed as the next Gareth Bale (when that wasn’t a bad thing). However, a poor season in the Premier League with Fulham in 2018-19 and an injury-plagued season with Tottenham Hotspur in 2019-20, saw the hype on Sessegnon die down. He moved to Hoffenheim in October on loan and has become a regular in the team. His performances in November 2020 influenced fans to vote for him as player of the month.

Reece Oxford – Augsburg

At one time, defender Reece Oxford was a rising star in the West Ham youth team. Oxford made his first-team debut for West Ham at the age of 16, but failed to kick on from there. In 2017, he joined Borussia Monchengladbach on the first of two loan spells. His success with the Foals led to Augsburg negotiating a loan of their own in 2019. They made the loan permanent later that year. Oxford remains a key part of Augsburg’s squad.

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