Speaking ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s game against Bochum on Saturday, Edin Terzic praised the development of 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko but didn’t want to speculate too much on whether the young forward could represent Germany at the World Cup.
“If someone improves Borussia Dortmund’s game, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes an issue for the national team,” said Terzic. “It’s not my job to assess what role he could play at the World Cup. It’s my job to assess what I think he’s capable of doing here.” Praising Moukoko, he added: “Youssoufa is doing exceptionally well. He seems fit and stable, is very self-confident and has improved his game significantly.”
After RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner was ruled out of the World Cup with a ligament tear in his ankle, Hansi Flick’s plans for the attack remain unclear. He will name his 26-man squad for the World Cup on November 10. Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, is Germany’s provisional squad alongside Moukoko and Lukas Nmecha (Wolfsburg).
Moukoko has eight goal contributions (four goals, four assists) across 11 Bundesliga games this season. Yet to represent Germany at senior level, does the 2022 World Cup come too early?
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