Bonus Christmas special!
Something completely different this time out, as we take a look at the wonderkids from my Frankfurt squad. We’ll look at the best young players we have, and chuck in a few gif highlights.
Next week it’ll be business as usual, as we’ll be wrapping up season four.
Technically not considered a wonderkid anymore, I think because he’s turned 22. After my perhaps foolhardy attempts at playing him as an AMC earlier in the season, he’s returned to playing up top and is bang in form. Here he is, looking better than ever:
He has recently earned a call-up to the full Brazil squad, though is yet to make an appearance. This is his first goal from an impressive hat-trick scored in a game I’ve yet to cover. A fantastic finish:
A recent signing on a completely free transfer from Atletico Madrid, Juan has made the step up to wonderkid status, and has become accomplished as a left back too:
No gif highlight yet for Manuel, but his potential will likely herald the end of Sebastian Jung’s career at Frankfurt. Though Jung has been a good player for us, his powers are beginning to wane and Juan is ready for more.
He’s not had the best season so far, finding it difficult to break into the team. But he has continued to develop in training (the red arrows below are down to a recent injury):
He’s a fully fledged Dutch international, and although he’s not been on top form, he’s had his moments, particularly in the Champions League. This is the fifth goal in our resounding 5-0 win at home to Real Madrid in the group stage:
Fynn has made great strides over the last couple of seasons, and is now one of four impressive centre back options at the club:
Another that I don’t have a gif for, as he’s yet to register a goal or an assist, but I’ve come to rely on him as a valuable squad player this season, and it hopefully won’t be long until he starts knocking on the door to be first choice. I also hope he can develop into a captain in the future, if I can get the board to agree to send him on a leadership course.
I love this kid:
Since joining in January, Boeckl has scored seven and assisted six goals in just eleven appearances, featuring mostly on the right as an inside forward.
He’s been absolutely brilliant, and is already pushing Brazilian international Pedrinho for the right to be first choice.
Rolf is our top scorer so far this season, and has become a far more effective presence when played as the deep-lying forward in our tactic, rather than the advanced forward:
Despite being top scorer, he’s not produced a highlight reel goal. Rather he gets on the end of crosses and through balls, and is our most clinical finisher. A textbook Klingy goal:
He’s a full German international, and has scored a hat-trick against Macedonia. With some time, he will become home grown for Frankfurt, and hopefully a reliable goalscorer for many years.
We’ve also got a couple of players out on loan who have recently become wonderkids…
Got a mention in my previous post, but continued development on loan at Rayo Vallecano has led to him becoming yet another wonderkid for Frankfurt:
He’s made more progress whilst on loan at West Brom, albeit most of his appearances have come from their bench. He’s also gained his first Welsh cap:
There are plenty of promising teenagers in the U19 squad, so as we go forwards, with a little luck, hopefully we can continue to produce and develop young talent and maybe a few more wonderkids…
Thanks for reading, I hope although this was different it was also a decent read. Have a great Christmas!