This summer has seen something of an exodus regarding young British talent heading abroad. One of the main areas of interest for these clubs has been Germany. The likes of Reiss Nelson, Jadon Sancho, and Mandela Egbo are all playing in Germany at present. Another young Englishman to make the move to Germany was former Tottenham Hotspur winger Keanan Bennetts.
The 19-year-old turned his back on Spurs, much like Lyon newbie Reo Griffiths, in the summer and headed to Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was a bold move from the left-winger who obviously felt he had more chance of making it in Germany than in London.
So how has he got on?
So far, it has been a mixed bag.
It did not help that he was suffering from a niggling injury when first arriving at the club. As for first-team football, that has not yet been possible. Instead, he has been with Gladbach II playing in the Regionalliga West. He has played four games for the club but, as yet, has not featured for a full 90 minutes.
Gladbach’s second string have been playing a 3-4-3 or a 4-5-1. When the latter system has been used, Bennetts has found minutes easier to come by. However, Joel Richter is preferred as a ‘wing-back’ and has been in fine form – with the 19-year-old providing three assists so far this season.
It has not been a blow-away start to life in Germany for Bennetts. However, it is still early and he has had the injury complaint. Hopefully, he will not live to regret his move away from Spurs.