Why Florian Wirtz is the future for Germany and Bayer Leverkusen


Florian Wirtz made history as the youngest player to reach 10 Bundesliga goals with his winner for Bayer Leverkusen against Mainz recently, and his performances have gathered plenty of attention across Europe.

Having been influential at under-21 level for Germany, on Monday in the 4-0 win against North Macedonia, the attacking midfielder came on for the fourth time at senior level and registered an assist as his lay-off was expertly slotted into the far corner by Timo Werner.

The 18-year-old is clearly destined for the top and has been linked with all the big clubs in Europe including Bayern Munich and Chelsea. He will get a chance to showcase his skills when second-placed Leverkusen host Bundesliga leaders Bayern this Sunday (stream live on ESPN+ at 9.30 ET), but what can his club and country expect from the midfielder? And just how far can his career develop?

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Wirtz’s background

Already a star for FC Cologne at youth level, Wirtz signed for Bayer Leverkusen in January 2020, much to the disapproval of his former club as the neighbouring teams had an unwritten agreement to stay clear of each other’s talents.

Initially the idea was for Wirtz to play out the season at U19 level but after just a few months then-Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz had seen enough of the youngster to hand him his first-team debut just a week after he turned 17.

After becoming the club’s youngest player to appear in a competitive senior game, Wirtz has since cemented his place in the first-team squad. Right at the end of the 2019-20 season, the teenager even got on the scoresheet against Bayern Munich, making him the youngest ever Bundesliga goal scorer at 17 years and 34 days — though that record has since been broken by Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko. This season has seen him reach new heights.


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