Following the success of Jadon Sancho in Germany, more young English players are considering the Bundesliga route.
Sancho has shown them a blueprint to success. He left Manchester City to move to Borussia Dortmund and has now played for England’s senior side.
Clubs on the continent are now taking more interest in young English players and they are hoping to poach some of the best youth talents from the Premier League.
The latest English starlet to fall into this bracket is Ben Cottrell of Arsenal.
According to The Sun, Arsenal face a battle to hold onto young midfielder Cottrell amid interest from Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.
The 17-year-old is rated as one of the best players in Arsenal’s academy set-up.
But after eight years with Arsenal, may he be tempted to move to Germany or France, where he potentially could get more first-team opportunities.
Arsenal must not allow Cottrell to follow Sancho’s route to Germany. He is one of their brightest young talents and they must keep hold of him.
The attacking midfielder, who can play centrally or out wide, is a first year scholar at the North London club.
His route to the first-team would see him move up to the under-23s before competing for a spot in Unai Emery’s plans.
But he has the potential to reach the top and Arsenal must block any bids that come in for him from abroad.