Journalist: Leicester City should look to sign Youssoufa Moukoko if he leaves Borussia Dortmund
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Youssoufa Moukoko should stay at Borussia Dortmund but if he leaves it should be to a club like Leicester rather than a big six side, says Alex Barker.
Moukoko is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football despite being just 17-years-old, and has been linked with a big transfer away in the summer as his contract is set to expire in 2023.
But after he was selected by Germany for the World Cup, Barker admitted that he feels he would be better off staying at Dortmund and developing rather than switching now, but said a middling club like Leicester would be a better option than Liverpool should a transfer happen.
“He’s that Dortmund wonderkid who was breaking scorer records for the Under-19’s before he turned 16,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“He’s yet to sign a contract, so it looks like it’s going to run out in the summer.
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“Moukoko is someone who is a very good finisher. He’s got six Bundesliga goals this season, he’s one of their top goalscorers, which for a 17-year-old that’s exceptional work, and when you take into account his history with scoring goals it really paints a good picture.
“He’s not only a clinical finisher, he’s a good dribbler too, good in tight spaces and he’s good at link-up play.
“He looks like a good all-round forward, the only thing he doesn’t have is that physicality yet but you can expect that to come as he matures and his body continues to grow, he’s so young.
“The only thing I’m disappointed by is the fact that he won’t be the youngest scorer in World Cup history if he does so for Germany, Pele would still beat him.
“I actually want him to stay in Germany. I don’t think the right move for him would be to play in the Premier League.
“The reason he’s been playing for Dortmund so much is because Under-23’s and Under-19’s level is not good enough for him. It would hinder his development. That’s why these players get pushed into the senior sides, to actually challenge them and make sure they continue their development.
“If he does move to a Premier League team I hope it’s like a Leicester or someone where he’s going to get regular game time, but I think the ideal scenario is that he resolves his contract issues with Dortmund and stays for another few years before making that big step across the channel to a big Premier League side.”
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