The attraction of the Bundesliga

The Bundesliga has always been regarded as one of the most reputable and exciting leagues in world football, with a whole host of talented players plying their trade in Germany’s elite. Generally speaking, the majority of European football fans will opt for La Liga or the Premier League as the continent’s best, but a recurring theme is certainly developing in the fatherland.

Over the last 12 months, a steady influx of English hopefuls have been making the switch from England to Germany and the success they are enjoying is more than what most would have imagined. From this, the Bundesliga is enhancing its glowing reputation to pave the way for more hopefuls to follow.

Why Germany?

Over the past decade or two, the German national team have been one of the most consistent in world football and much of that owes to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Essentially, this stems from the high-level of coaching that exists throughout the whole German football pyramid, not just the Bundesliga.

Even the philosophy and mentality that is imposed on youngsters makes the Bundesliga a go-to destination for players to grow and enhance their footballing abilities. Also, the chances that are provided to the English young-guns is much more apparent than back home. There’s nothing wrong as such with the Premier League but it’s incredibly difficult to make the breakthrough into the first-team, and Germany has provided a steady and stable platform for said players to flourish.

English prodigies

Currently, the likes of Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith-Rowe and Reece Oxford are all earning their crust in Germany, and the results have been truly stunning. Sancho has been an absolute revelation since signing for Borussia Dortmund; even earning his first full England cap due to his brilliant form.

The former Manchester City hopeful made the switch last summer and it’s fair to say, the Citizens are probably regretting it. Nelson is on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal, and the forward has scored six times in 15 league outings. A brilliant return thus far. Smith-Rowe has only recently made his temporary switch to RB Leipzig, but he’ll be expected to perform to the same levels as his Arsenal teammate. West Ham United loanee Reece Oxford admittedly hasn’t had the best of times so far, but at the ripe age of 20, he’ll likely hit the heights expected of him.

A bright future

It’s a fair assumption that the Bundesliga provides a brilliant avenue for young English hopefuls to demonstrate their worth. You can always argue there’s an element of coincidence with the success of the English players in a short space of time but realistically, it’s a combination of factors that make the Bundesliga a hotbed for young hopefuls.

The likes of Sancho and Nelson have certainly paved a way for others to follow, and the most obvious appeal about the Bundesliga is the chances players are provided. That, coupled with an alternative style of coaching and unique mentality allow young hopefuls a chance to mould their game to suit the rigours and demands of first-team football.

It’ll be an interesting few years to see if any other English players follow suit, and there’s no reason why others can’t excel if they’re determined enough. Expect it to be a growing trend in fact, and Premier League clubs will need to re-evaluate how they operate at youth and academy level.

Whatever happens in that respect remains to be seen but one thing for sure is that the Premier League title race is hotting up nicely, and you can place your bets on the winner via Betfair right now.