Liverpool should be looking at Borussia Dortmund’s ‘next Jude Bellingham’, a Man City graduate with the potential to ultimately replace Mohamed Salah.
Borussia Dortmund and young talented English wonderkids seem to have a special affinity. From Jadon Sancho lighting up the Signal Iduna Park to Jude Bellingham establishing himself as one of the best emerging midfielders in the world in the black and yellow, the link runs deep.
The latter may end up at Anfield in the very near future, with Bellingham eyed up as one of the most integral pieces in Jürgen Klopp’s new dynasty. Meanwhile, with an aging squad, Liverpool needs to rebuild in the next few years, and that will mean saying farewell to some of the most exciting players to have ever played for the club.
Mohamed Salah will go down as one of the best to have worn the Liverbird on his chest. But Liverpool has to come to terms with the fact that he isn’t getting any younger. At 30 years old, sooner or later, he will begin his decline. Time catches up with every athlete. And that means sooner or later, Klopp will have to think about replacing the Egyptian right-winger.
To do so, Liverpool might be wise to turn towards Borussia Dortmund again.
After Sancho and Bellingham, there is another exciting teenager catching the eye at the Signal Iduna Park at the moment in Jamie Bynoe-Gittens. The 18-year-old was brought over from Manchester City back in 2020 after spending two years in the club’s academy, having moved there from Reading.
In the two years, Bynoe-Gittens has settled in extremely well at Borussia Dortmund. He scored six goals in just five games for the club’s U19 side in the UEFA Youth League last season, and has slowly but steadily worked his way up all the way into the club’s first team. It’s no wonder he decided to leave Manchester City, directly following the path trodden by Sancho.
He made his debut towards the end of last season, and he scored his first goal for the club at the start of the current campaign, producing a great finish against Freiburg in the Bundesliga just four days after his 18th birthday.
Bynoe-Gittens then featured in Dortmund’s subsequent three matches before a shoulder injury ruled him out for the next ten games.
But he has since recovered, and on his first game back for the club, Bynoe-Gittens came on to score again, netting in a 20-minute cameo against Augsburg as Borussia Dortmund secured a spectacular 4-3 win.
A really intelligent and versatile winger who can play on either flank. Bynoe-Gittens has mostly been used as a right-winger: Salah’s flank. He could be an excellent candidate for Liverpool in the future if he continues to progress at the same rate as his previous English predecessors at the club; it would be a bitter blow for Manchester City to see him and Sancho at its two biggest rivals.
His one-versus-one ability really stands out as the kind of asset that Liverpool likes to have in its attack. In just 339 minutes in the Bundesliga, Bynoe-Gittens has already attempted an impressive 47 dribbles.
Much will depend on how he develops in the future. But he is at the perfect club to grow and he is definitely a player to keep an eye on. With homegrown quotas becoming harder and harder to fulfil for clubs like Liverpool, Bynoe-Gittens is an asset it can’t afford not to monitor.