Technical Director Of Borussia Dortmund, Michael Zorc, Says English Football Is Producing Better Youngsters Than Germany

Technical Director Of Borussia Dortmund, Michael Zorc, Says English Football Is Producing Better Youngsters Than Germany
Feb 8, 2019

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Borussia Dortmund technical director Michael Zorc has sensationally claimed that English football now produces better young players than in Germany.

This comes in light of the ever-emerging presence of youthful, inexperienced English players making the move to the Bundesliga from the Premier League in aid of increased game time. The catalyst for this increased movement came in the form of Jadon Sancho’s move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund in August 2017 for a reported figure of £8million.

Whilst fellow academy teammate Phil Foden has been restricted to a scarce bit-part role in Pep Guardiola’s star-studded City side, Sancho has reaped the benefits of taking the risk to leave his home country at just 17-years-of-age.

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The Englishman has since established himself as a key player in a Dortmund team chasing their first title success since 2012. Lucian Favre’s side have opened up a seven-point advantage over their nearest challengers Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich.

Sancho has been at the forefront of the Borussian’s success contributing six goals and setting up his fellow teammates on a further nine occasions, ranking him at the top along with Joshua Kimmich for assists.

Zorc believes the primary reason for this change comes from the fact that English clubs have adopted a strategy aiming to invest in developing their own talent rather than using the funds to scout youngsters from across the globe. As quoted by Sky Sports, Zorc said: “Let’s go back say five to 10 years there was a time that English clubs signed German players and had a team of scouts to do that.

“There was a lot of discussion here – ‘It’s all about money, it’s too early for them to go from Germany to England’. But in the meantime we have the feeling that, yes, the education and development of youth players in the English academies is quite good, to be honest.”

“The teams don’t only spend much money on transfers or salaries but also on infrastructure. When you see these youth academies – for example, Man City – you can’t compare it with the German standard. It’s much higher, much higher.”

In light of the Welsh international Rabbi Matondo also making the move from Manchester City to the Bundesliga in an £11million deal to Schalke, the 56-year-old has suggested this new plan has also been seen as a chance for English clubs to make a considerable profit on raw talent.

“Also it seems to me that it’s something like a business model for them because even if they don’t succeed in their own teams they sell them for higher prices. I just read a figure of Manchester City – I think they’ve sold young players for more than €150 million within the last three to five years.”

Reiss Nelson has since made the move to Germany to link up with Hoffenheim on a season-long loan where he has notched six goals in 15 appearances under the tutelage of talented manager Julian Nagelsmann. Fellow Arsenal teammate Emile Smith-Rowe has also completed a loan move to the Bundesliga joining RB Leipzig for the remainder of the season.

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The next to make the move abroad looks set to be Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 18-year-old has become frustrated at his lack of game time under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and attracted serious interest from Bayern Munich last month. He was then subject of four bids from the German champions – the last of those rising to a lucrative £35million – which were all instantly rejected by the club leading Hudson-Odoi to hand in a formal written transfer request.

Chelsea were able to hang on to their star prodigy in the winter, but they expect to face a stern challenge from the Bavarian side once again in the summer.


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