Borussia Dortmund haven’t had a great run lately, but that hasn’t changed the long term prospects for talented midfielders Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham. According to French newspaper L’Équipe, the Dortmund duo are two of the world’s best players under the age of 20, with Reyna coming in fifth and Bellingham just behind him in sixth. This is really high praise from a newspaper that is notoriously strict with player ratings and evaluations.
La génération 2002 au pouvoir, l'Angleterre reine des pépites... notre top 50 des U20 décrypté https://t.co/187Ln5hoRQ pic.twitter.com/bURpo0uhhN— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) February 12, 2021
The Dortmund starlets came in just behind Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), and Pedri (Barcelona). Youssoufa Moukoko also made the list in 15th, while the Bundesliga was also represented by Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz in 11th and Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala in 27th.
L'Equipe have ranked the best 50 young players in world football (born 2001 or after). pic.twitter.com/zbV4BAw2Wc— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) February 12, 2021
18 year-old United States international, Gio Reyna, burst on to the scene last season for Die Schwarzgelben, and he had a terrific start to this Bundesliga season, but the young playmaker is in desperate need of a break, as demonstrated by Sean Keyser earlier.
In honor of Gio making the top five, here is “The American Dream’s” first goal for the club (but lets not discuss the result of that match):
Jude Bellingham made the switch to the German club this summer from Birmingham City, in a deal worth around $25m. Bellingham is a central midfielder who gets up and down the pitch and does just about everything you could want. He has already been capped for England’s senior team, and he’s only 17. Bellingham already has three goals and an assist in 26 appearances this season, which has seen him keep the likes of Mahmoud Dahoud, Emre Can, and Thomas Delaney out of the starting lineup more often than not.
A Bright Future!
While this season is not going the way Dortmund supporters hoped, it is certainly refreshing that we continue to attract some of the brightest talents in the world to the club. The opportunity to play and grow in the iconic Black and Yellow has propelled Dortmund’s ability to snatch these players away from the richest clubs in Europe. Now we just need to find a way to keep them together a little longer, and win some titles in the process.
What do you all think? Are Reyna and Bellingham properly rated? Should they be higher or lower? Tell us below.