Haaland heaps praise on Cameroon wonderkid Moukouko

Things are happening pretty quickly for one of Borussia Dortmund’s jewels Youssoufa Moukoko, the youngster who is on the rise in Germany.

Considered to be the ‘African Messi’ by many, the teenager has his sight set after his breakthrough at Dortmund and hungry to mark his mark.

The rising star who has enjoyed a terrific start through the youth ranks of the German club has been remarkably eventful, no doubt he has been tipped by Erling Haaland as one of the brightest upcoming talents he has set eyes on.

The Norway international who equalled Wayne Rooney’s record of being the first teenager to score more than once in his Champions League debut has confessed Moukoko is one of the most talented young footballers he has ever seen after he was officially promoted to Borussia Dortmund first team.

It’s only about two weeks since Haaland discovered Moukoko. Despite the short period spent together in camp, the former Red Bull Salzburg frontman who impressed in his debut season has admitted that the German youth international has the potential to excel and believes Moukoko is a rare gem who is more talented than he was at the same age.

The 15-year-old who is poised to make his Bundesliga debut by November has begun pre-season training with the first team in Bad Ragaz. Consequently, the potential Indomitable Lions striker could beat Nuri Sahin’s 10-year record to become the youngest player to feature in the German top-flight championship.

Modification of league regulation means that Moukoko will be eligible to appear in the Bundesliga when he turns 16 on November 20.

“He already trains in Dortmund first team at his age, I was still in my hometown in Bryne when I was 15,” Haaland said, as per German publication Kicker.

“I have never seen such a good 15-year old in my life,” Haaland admitted but warned against “putting too much pressure on him.”

The towering striker joins former Paris Saint Germain defender Thomas Meunier who has praised Moukoko for his extraordinary talent.

Questioned on how his experience can help the team’s youngsters by BVBBuzz, the Belgian international said; “I like to have that big brother role.

“There are a few really good players training with us at the moment and we can help to improve their football and increase their motivation.

“For example, Youssoufa Moukoko is a really good player, you can see it directly……”

Moukoko is among the very few young players around the world that have commanded as much buzz of recent.

The lad fully measures up to several top African teenage footballers at the moment. He shot to prominence with Borussia Dortmund youth setup and his impact did not go unnoticed by Lucien Favre who’s keen on his evolution.

In all truth, Moukoko has got a knack of finding the net in sometimes extraordinary fashion.

He’s scored 87 goals in 56 games and added 16 assists for Borussia Dortmund U-17, whilst notching 38 goals and 10 assists in 28 games for the U-19 which eventually enabled him to break into the first team.

He is among three highly-rated youngsters looking to impress with Dortmund first team. Ansgar Knauff and Nnamdi Collins are also training with the squad.

Moukoko and his BVB youth team colleagues are the latest players to gain a spot with the first team. It is more likely that the native of Yaounde will further rise exponentially and succeed a long chain of successful youngsters to come out of the Borussia Dortmund academy to play for the senior team.

Christian Pulisic, Mario Gotze and Jacob Brunn Larsen a few examples of players who are currently enjoying careers at the highest level since graduating from the club’s esteemed academy system. 

Youssoufa was born in Yaounde Cameroon in 2004 before travelling to Germany at the age of nine in 2014 where he’s become a dazzling goalscorer. He has been offered No.18 shirt by Dortmund for the upcoming 2020/21 season.