After Borussia Mönchengladbach secured the services of impressive young centre back Mamadou Doucouré, Sam May profiles the teen sensation.
The 18-year old becomes André Schubert’s fourth summer signing having swapped Paris for Mönchengladbach.
So who is the defensive gem?
The highly rated centre back, was born in Dakar, Senegal. Teenager Doucouré went with France to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile in 2015. Featuring in four matches, he managed to score one goal against New Zealand. He has captained the Paris Saint Germain Under-19s and reserve sides also. Despite not making a senior appearance for Laurent Blanc’s side, he has been taken on by Gladbach.
Being a versatile player, the naturally left footed defender is more than comfortable at left-back so will give Gladbach options. Strong and athletic, he is a great header of the ball and should be a natural leader in the future.
Last term, he helped the PSG youth side to the final of the UEFA Youth League, captaining the team and featuring in seven of their ten games. The centre-back however, was unable to lead his team to victory as they fell at the final hurdle to Chelsea.
Gladbach fought off European powers Arsenal, Juventus and FC Porto for the starlets’ signature which shows the strength behind their recruitment drive but also the fact that they are willing to give youngsters the chance. The player decided to reject the possibility of signing a professional contract with Les Parisiens because he wants immediate playing time, and could not be given these assurances at PSG.
The Bundesliga side has a track record of scouring the market for youngsters, having previously snapped up Mandela Egbo from Crystal Palace and Andreas Christensen (19), who has spent two seasons on loan from Chelsea.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl believes the teenager has a big future: “We’re delighted that Mamadou Doucouré has decided to join Borussia. He is a huge talent and there were lots of big clubs looking to sign him,” said Eberl in a statement on the club’s official website.
“With this transfer, we are continuing our tradition of bringing young players with lots of potential to the club and giving them an opportunity to take their careers to the next level.”
Doucouré is set to miss the beginning of pre-season due to injury, but will be involved in the Foals’ first team at Borussia-Park.