The 17-year-old attacking midfielder had his first Bundesliga match as a starter against Hamburg on Friday and immediately scored his first goal. In Germany he is seen as one of the country's biggest talents.
Brandt, who normally plays as a left winger, signed in January from Wolfsburg to Leverkusen penning a contract until 2019. So far he has played seven Bundesliga and two Champions League matches, but was a substitute in every match until last Friday. After his convincing performance against Hamburg it is likely he will be rewarded with further starts.
The next couple of weeks will show if a transfer to the Premier League is realistic. Leverkusen dismissed their coach and former Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia after their defeat and a horrible run of only one victory in the last 10 matches. Right now they’re only in the fifth position of the Bundesliga table and stand not to qualify for the Champions League.
This would be very difficult for Leverkusen as they have proved in the last year that they are willing to become more competitive.
First they extended the contracts of the key players Stephan Kiessling and Lars Bender, and then they managed to sign some of the biggest talents in German football, like Brandt from Leverkusen or Can from Bayern.
Obviously they wanted to show that the players don’t have to come to Leverkusen only to develop, but that they can also win some titles with the club in the future.
Now it all depends on the new coach who will take over for the next season. Augsburg’s coach Weinzierl and Bremen’s former coach Schaaf are the favourites right now, but both of them have no real international reputation.
If Leverkusen managed to find an international respected coach then it would be easier to hold onto talents like Brandt. The experiences with the not so experienced coaches Hyypia and Dutt, and the development of the team under Heynckes should have demonstrated that an experienced coach is probably the best option for their young side.
Brandt might hesitate to move to the Premier League when he thinks of the former striker talent Samed Yesil who left from Leverkusen to Liverpool at the same age as Brandt is now. Since then he has only played two matches in the League Cup and has been injured almost all the time. However, his chances of getting more playing time at Liverpool is not high with competitors like Sturridge and Suarez way out in front of him..
Of course Brandt’s case is different, but it would probably be best for him to stay at Leverkusen for two or three years more before considering to move to a top club of the Premier League.
If he proves in that time, that he can really become a top international player, then he is still young enough to make the next step in his career.