'I live for goals' - Youssoufa Moukoko could become Dortmund history maker

Borussia Dortmund's wonderkid is now in the first-team set-up and could make his Bundesliga debut at the weekend

4:45pm on Thursday 19th November 2020
Cameron Smith

Youssoufa Moukoko could become the Bundesliga's youngest-ever player this weekend thanks to a rule change that now permits 16-year-old's to compete in the division.

Currently just 15, Moukoko's birthday is the day before Dortmund's away trip to Hertha Berlin, and hence he could make his debut in the competition.

Despite his youthfulness, Moukoko has been talked about as the 'next big thing' to emerge from Dortmund's academy for several years now.

In fact, he's scored an incredible 13 goals in just four games for BVB's U19 side so far this season, a feat unsurprisingly nobody else comes close to.

Since joining Dortumund's youth side in 2014, Moukoko has notched an eye-watering 141 goals in 88 games, and with Erling Braut Haaland the only recognised striker in the Dortmund side, Moukoko is set to be handed an opportunity sooner rather than later.

However the pressure doesn't seem to have affected Moukoko who told BVB.TV: "I just want to help the team. That's why I'm here.

"At my first training session I thought, 'wow, where have I ended up? But I don't listen to what other people say. I follow my own path.

"I know my debut will come at some point. I read what's written in the media, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself."

You'd imagine that his goalscoring record will slow down once he starts playing in the Buli, but Moukoko admitted his motivation won't change: "Goals. As a striker, you live for goals."

With the aforementioned Haaland revealing "when I was 15-years-old, I was not as good as him", Moukoko has the backing of one of Europe's brightest talents, and now fully integrated within the first-team, he'll be hopeful of a debut Bundesliga appearance against Hertha.

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