Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman’s recent rise to prominence has caught the eye of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, according to a report from Goal USA's Ives Galarcep.
Hyndman, 18, only made his professional debut in Fulham’s Championship opener against Ipswich Town in August, but has already earned his first US national team cap, while also establishing himself as a regular in the first-team squad at Craven Cottage.
The Texas-native’s passing prowess even earned him comparisons to Andrea Pirlo from former manager Felix Magath earlier this season, and US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also sung his praises in recent months.
“Emerson is phenomenal. This kid came to our first game after the World Cup, and in our first training session he played like he was always with us,” the German told the Telegraph.
“He’s barely 18. I said to my coach: ‘Are you seeing what I’m seeing?’ Everyone was like ‘woah’.”
The talent which Klinsmann has spoken of has not gone unnoticed across Europe, and Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund are now reported to be keeping close tabs on the teenager, along with clubs in both La Liga and the Eredivisie.
Hyndman himself is ignoring the speculation at this point, however, and is more than content to continue his development in west London.
“I’m getting some time with Fulham and I’ve been linked with a few other clubs,” he said. “It’s been really exciting to hear some of the clubs I’ve been linked to, but I have a year and a half left on my contract so anything can happen. Right now I’m concentrating on Fulham and playing with the U.S.
“For all of us young players at Fulham, and quite a few of us stepped up, we had that sense that there was a chance to play here after we got relegated,” he continued “We saw a lot of players leave pretty soon after we were relegated and I saw an opportunity here, where if we had stayed in the Premier League I don’t think we would have had that same opportunity.”