The eight British players in Bundesliga this term – and how they are faring

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The Bundesliga has become a hotbed for British players in recent years as youngsters look to develop their careers in Germany. 

Jadon Sancho is stealing the spotlight due to his amazing form for Borussia Dortmund, but a number of other British players are also plying their trade in the Bundesliga.

We’ve checked in on those turning out for top-flight outfits in Germany to see how they’ve been getting on.

Jadon Sancho

Let’s start with the obvious one.

Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City for a fee of £8million in 2017 and has gone from strength to strength since arriving in Germany.

The winger is one of the hottest prospects in Europe and has reached double figures for goals and assists for the second consecutive Bundesliga season.

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly looking to bring him back to the Premier League at the end of the season but that will cost over £100million.

Ethan Ampadu

Ampadu is highly regarded at Chelsea and moved to RB Leipzig on loan for the 2019-20 campaign.

But the Wales international has has found first-team opportunities hard to come by, making just three Bundesliga appearances so far.

He did start in Leipzig’s 1-0 win away at Tottenham in the Champions League though, playing at centre back in the middle of a back three.

“There’s been a lot of frustration at times,” Ampadu told The Athletic in April 2020. “However, I’ve learned a lot through those frustrations which will only help me later in my career.

“I’ve not played as many games as I’d have liked to, but in the games I’ve played in, I think I’ve done reasonably well. That’ll give me confidence, but I have things to learn from.”

Rabbi Matondo

Matondo decided to follow in Sancho’s footsteps in January 2019 by swapping Manchester City for Germany, joining Schalke in a deal worth up to £11million.

The Welsh winger has become a regular member in the first-team squad and scored his first professional goal against RB Leipzig in September 2019.

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring his situation and view him as a possible back-up target for Sancho.

Jonjoe Kenny

Matondo isn’t the only British player at Schalke.

Kenny left Everton and joined Schalke on loan for the 2019-20 season in search of more regular first-team opportunities.

“I wanted to come here to prove a point to people, but also to myself,” Kenny told the Guardian in May 2020.

“I don’t want to be a player who plays a couple of games and does well. I wasn’t happy to be sitting on the bench, or part of the team when I wasn’t playing. I want to play football and express what I’ve got.”

The right-back has excelled since moving to Germany, starting 23 of their 25 league games while providing three assists and scoring one goal.

Schalke want to keep Kenny beyond his current loan deal, but he could return to Goodison Park at the end of the season.

Reece Oxford

Oxford burst onto the scene in 2015, making an excellent Premier League debut aged just 16 as West Ham won 2-0 away at Arsenal.

After loan spells at Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Augsburg, he joined the latter on a permanent deal in 2019.

The 21-year-old has made just six Bundesliga appearances in the 2019-20 campaign and hasn’t played for the club since November.

Ademola Lookman

Lookman spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at RB Leipzig and rejoined the club on a permanent deal in 2019.

Leipzig are currently just five points behind leaders Bayern Munich and the striker has struggled to establish himself in the team.

He has been limited to just six Bundesliga appearances and is yet to find the net this season.

“This time around it’s definitely different,” Lookman told the Guardian in December 2019.

“The first time it was like a leap of faith, but this time it’s more like ‘go’ time. The club has changed, the team is stronger – a lot stronger – and there’s a new coach, so it’s something I have to adapt to.”

Lewis Baker

Baker joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from Chelsea in 2019, but was on the losing side for six of his eight Bundesliga appearances.

The midfielder was even accused of going AWOL by manager Friedhelm Funkel and had his loan deal terminated in January 2020.

Keanan Bennetts

Bennetts’ impressive performances for Tottenham Hotspur’s under-23 team led to a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2018.

The forward is yet to make his first-team debut and has spent this season playing for their second team.


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