Youssoufa Moukoko is still too young for the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund – yet.
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In German football, the age limit for Bundesliga players is to be lowered to 16 years. Caring for minors is only to be hoped for in a global transfer market business – not to be expected.

BWith its U 19, orussia Dortmund is in second place in the Junior Bundesliga West. Only 1. FC Köln is three points ahead of the most successful German club of the past few years. In one category, however, BVB is probably already ahead of the game in this league: in the goalscorer table. Youssoufa Moukoko is alone in the lead with 22 goals, for which he only needed 14 games. The German-Cameroonian is not the only top striker of this BVB youth team. Giovanni Reyna, who just turned 17 in November 2019, has long since drawn attention to himself in the U19. He already made his Bundesliga debut in BVB’s spectacular 5-3 win at the second half of the season in Augsburg, which was dominated by Erling Haaland, who was also only 19 years old.

In the A-Juniors Reyna scored four goals in the preliminary round. Not bad, but still no comparison to Moukoko. But this BVB high-flyer must not (yet) show what he can do in the Bundesliga. The exceptional striker, born in November 2004, is much too young at the age of 15 – at least according to the statutes. And Borussia Dortmund wants to change that as quickly as possible for obvious reasons. And it looks like this March, the general assembly of the German Football League with its 36 clubs from the first and second league will probably approve the proposed proposal to lower the age limit to 16 years. The kids then have free rein in the Bundesliga.



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