Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is in awe of Borussia Dortmund‘s Youssoufa Moukoko. The German writes a weekly column for Sports Buzzer and the Bayern director has expressed his praise for both Dortmund and Moukoko, while also critisising German football for the lack of talent in the category 16 to 20.
“There are simply too few really good German Bundesliga players aged 18, 19 or 20. We have Kai Havertz, who recently turned 21, and nothing will come after that for a long time”, Rummenigge said. “After the screwed-up EURO 2000, the right conclusions were drawn, whereas after the 2014 World Cup triumph, development was unfortunately overslept”.
According to the Bayern CEO German clubs will need to alter their training. “Training in the tactical area, working on physicality – that’s all good and right. But: We need more technical footballers again. Players who have fun with the ball and also pass it on to their colleagues and fans. The competition for football is great, however, with consoles like the Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo the youngsters can hardly be lured away from the devices.”
Dortmund’s Moukoko is one of the few lights of the future, Rummenigge says: “Moukoko is an absolute exception. We need more like him. A transfer from FC Bayern Munich is symbolic of the fact that there are major problems in this area: Why are you getting 18-year-old Tanguy Kouassi from PSG, for example? Because he is better trained than German players of his age. We have to close these gaps again.”