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Why Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz is the future for Germany

Florian Wirtz made history as the youngest player to reach 10 Bundesliga goals with his winner for Bayer Leverkusen against Mainz recently, and his performances have gathered plenty of attention across Europe.

Having been influential at under-21 level for Germany, on Monday in the 4-0 win against North Macedonia, the attacking midfielder came on for the fourth time at senior level and registered an assist as his lay-off was expertly slotted into the far corner by Timo Werner.

The 18-year-old is clearly destined for the top and has been linked with all the big clubs in Europe including Bayern Munich and Chelsea. He will get a chance to showcase his skills when second-placed Leverkusen host Bundesliga leaders Bayern this Sunday, but what can his club and country expect from the midfielder? And just how far can his career develop?

With five goals from six competitive games for Leverkusen so far this season, it’s certainly Wirtz’s goal scoring exploits which have attracted most attention recently. But while his ability in front of goal has improved (he’s already just one goal behind last season’s Bundesliga tally of five), the general quality and precision of the way he executes his attacking moves is what makes him special.

Although many of Europe’s top clubs are watching him, don’t expect Wirtz to move any time soon. His phenomenal progress has not gone unnoticed but, not only does his contract run until the summer of 2026, unlike many other top talents he’s left his career planning to his parents.

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