Borussia Dortmund seem to be stockpiling young talent, with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud the latest to make the move to the Westfalenstadion.
The 21-year-old will join Dortmund at the end of the season, entering a side already stacked with young talent.
In Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic, Julian Weigl, Emre Mor, Alexander Isak – Dortmund boast a host of talented players who are 21 or younger, with Dahoud now joining the ranks.
Dahoud had previously attracted strong interest from Liverpool, and there was reportedly an approach from Paris Saint-Germain as well, but Dortmund’s emphasis on youth has won out again.
What remains to be seen, however, is how the team will keep all of its young core happy.
Dahoud is a midfielder, as are Pulisic and Weigl, with the latter especially highly thought of at BVB.
And, of course, US international Pulisic is already making waves for both club and country.
Considering that Dortmund also have top-class quality among their experienced players in these positions, such as Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, and, when he regains fitness, Mario Gotze, getting regular first-team appearances will be a challenge for Dahoud, at least initially.
Dortmund possibly envision a Dahoud-Weigl-Pulisic midfield, but this trio will have to excel indeed if they are to supplant the stars ahead of them.
What the move does do is, for the club, add depth, with yet another exciting young option in the squad.
For Dahoud, it is an opportunity to be at a club that is competing in the later stages of the Champions League and will soon, hopefully, be Bayern Munich’s biggest challengers for the Bundesliga title again. Dahoud should see immense gains if he can contribute to these goals.
While the problem of plenty may give Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel selection headaches, there’s no doubting that the club is building one of the most exciting young cores in Europe.
No one at Arsenal underestimates Alexis Sanchez’s importance.
He’s their leading scorer this season (22 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions) and the 28-year-old’s performances have been head and shoulders above his teammates.
As the stat below shows, Sanchez’s efforts are vital to Arsenal’s cause as they try to end the season in the top four once again and progress past Manchester City in next month’s FA Cup semi-final.
And when he sees Arsenal struggling despite his stellar play, it’s no wonder the Chilean often cuts a frustrated figure on the pitch.
Will Arsenal be able to hold onto him this summer?
The No. 7 shirt is part of Manchester United folklore, thanks to the number of great players who have donned the number.
George Best wore it briefly, although the legend of the number grew much later, thanks to a succession of great No. 7s in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s.
Bryan Robson, fondly remembered as Captain Marvel for his all-action displays in midfield, was arguably the first one to truly shine while getting an extended run in the No. 7 shirt, and he was followed by three more club legends.
Eric Cantona’s swagger became synonymous with the number as he led Manchester United to greatness at the beginning of the Premier League era, with his famous stoic celebration after a delightful chip against Sunderland was the perfect fit for United’s No. 7 shirt.
After Cantona, it was David Beckham’s turn, and as the Englishman was arguably the modern football era’s first global superstar, he more than lived up to the star billing of his shirt number. The same could be said of his successor, Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the first Manchester United player since Best in 1968 to win the Ballon D’Or.
The post-Ronaldo story of the United No. 7 has been disappointing, with Antonio Valencia choosing to relinquish the shirt after struggling early in his Old Trafford career, and Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay both proving to be flops during short spells at the club. Michael Owen had his moments, but United are still looking for their next legendary No. 7.
Antoine Griezmann, anyone or if wilder reports are to be believed… Neymar?
Who do you think is Manchester United’s best-ever No. 7?