The Cameroon-born striker etched his name into the record books this season as the youngest player in the Bundesliga at just 16 and set the race’s pace with a consistency of eye-catching performances under Edin Terzic.
According to Guerreiro, Moukoko has a tremendous quality
Youssoufa Moukoko has “great quality,” says Borussia Dortmund team-mate Raphael Guerreiro. But the defender called on both his fans and critics to afford him the time for full development. The Cameroon-born striker etched his name into the record books this season as the youngest player in the Bundesliga at just 16 and set the race’s pace with a consistency of eye-catching performances under Edin Terzic. However, while his senior team-mate predicted a bright future for the teenager. He insisted that expectations that he would be successful overnight would be unfounded. And he stated instead that the attacker should be given space to thrive “he has a tremendous quality,” Raphael told reporters. “He is a perfect finisher in front of the goal and he is also speedy. He is young, so he needs time to adapt to the Bundesliga.”
The record holder Youssoufa will show his full talent very soon
“He has already scored two goals, which is amazing for a 16-year-old. But I think he needs time to adapt to our game and our football. He has been training with us almost since the beginning of the season, and he’s getting to know his team-mates. It’s all-new for Moukoko – the rivals are different. They are no longer 19 or 20 years old. It is difficult for him. But he is an outstanding player, and I am sure he will show it in the coming years. He needs time, and his first matches can’t judge him. He needs time to work on himself, and in the coming years, he will show his full talent”. The teen had already looked to the track to be a record holder in his days with the Dortmund youth team, making his UEFA Youth League debut with his Under-19 team against Barcelona at just 14.
His goal against Inter a month later – just under a month embarrassed of his 15th birthday – only further underlined his prodigal talent, earning further recognition as one of the game’s most promising young players. But the records he has recorded since his senior debut last November – the youngest player and goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the youngest player in the Champions League history – have only added pressure to the youngster. Guerreiro’s insistence on easing expectations for Moukoko may need to be well heeded, especially as Dortmund face a genuine struggle to secure the next term for Champions League football. The club is currently below qualifying, six points behind fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, and could find itself in the Europa League or the newly formed Conference League instead – or even entirely outside Europe.