The Bundesliga has been lit up by the fantastic youth development from many of the leagues top clubs. Bayern Munchen have Joshua Kimmich, Bayer Leverkusen have Julian Brandt, Schalke have Max Meyer and Muchengladbach’s young star is Syrian-born midfielder, Mahmoud Dahoud. He broke through the Gladbach team at the start of last season and has been part of Die Fohlen side since. After a horrendous start to the campaign and the sacking of Favre, Andre Schubert made him a key figure in the team.
What are Dahoud’s biggest strengths? What does the future hold for the youngster? Here is my player review on Dahoud.
Introduction – Who is Mahmoud Dahoud?
Dahoud was born in Amuda, Syria, which is close to the Turkish border. His parents took him to Germany, fleeing from the Assad regime in the same year he was born. Mahmoud would likely continue playing for Germany, having lived in the country all his life. He began his career playing at junior level for Germania Reusrath and for second-division side Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Mahmoud signed for Gladbach at the age of 14, before spending the next 5 years in the Foals youth academy.
Dahoud formed a fantastic partnership with Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, before his move to Arsenal. He filled the boots of World Cup winner Christopher Kramer who ended his loan stint at Gladbach the season before. He comfortably spent the season sitting in defensive midfield, but he is preferred going forward.
The German is a fantastic passer of the ball, recycling the ball with ease, averaging over 40 passes per game. He is a brilliant reader of the game as well, with fantastic vision for through/long balls forward. Mahmoud intercepts an average of 1.8 times per game, useful considering he isn’t a physical player.
His small build makes him hard to take the ball off; he loves to run with the ball if he has the chance. Mahmoud commits a lot to defensively as well, averaging 2.2 tackles per game and being involved in 1.7 fouls per game.
What does the future hold for Mahomoud Dahoud?
Borussia’s hottest prospect just missed out on a place in the first-team squad for Germany in the European Championships. Mahomoud is only 20 and is part of the fantastic youth coming through in Germany at this moment, the next few years would determine if he can do it big time in the Bundesliga, the Champions League and if he can breakthrough the national team. If Dahoud continues to grow at the rate he is going he could be a big shout for the squad in Russia 2018 in the World Cup.
Stats via Whoscored.com