Borussia Dortmund appear to have unearthed another superb talent in the form of 21-year-old full back Erik Durm.
Borussia Dortmund are a great example to any other side in Europe when it comes to blooding younger players into top flight football, sticking by them and giving them a chance to develop.
Jurgen Klopp could have made the easy choice to leave Erik Durm out last night against Marseille, in a Champions League tie the side really had to win after suffering defeat to Napoli in their opening group game.
It was a gamble which paid off because Durm produced a solid performance on his first start in Europe’s biggest club competition, which will increase his chances of starting regularly in the Bundesliga.
The first thing you’ll notice when Durm plays is his speed, which allows him to cover a lot of ground and a lot of positions.
Going forward he looks very raw but that speed means he can track back quickly, allowing the Dortmund back four to retain its shape.
However, he did provide an assist for Robert Lewandowski’s first goal against Marseille, which suggests he keeps a cool head in the opponent’s final third.
The trick for him in an attacking sense is to find a level of consistency which gives Klopp no alternative other than to play him.
Tactically he seems very aware, knowing when to press forward, move to contain a winger and sticking inside close to Mats Hummels in the centre of defence.
He’s definitely a player for any Premier League side looking for a right sided defender to keep an eye on.
Recent reports have suggested Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Ajax defender Ricardo van Rhijn and Durm has exactly the same, if not better, potential than the young Dutchman.
Liverpool may also be interested because Brendan Rodgers’ recent decision not to use Andre Wisdom as regular cover for Glen Johnson suggests he doesn’t have complete confidence in the youngster.
Furthermore, Liverpool are a side that have a tendency of giving players chances, regardless of their age which means Durm would get the chance to go head-to-head against Johnson and Wisdom for a regular slot in the side.
He’s already featured in four Bundesliga games this season so it’s clear the German side believe this lad can become one of the great full backs in German football.
It’s just a case for them of whether they can keep him beyond 2017 or whether a Premier League side or any other top European team, will try and poach him before that point.
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