Ten U-21 Borussia Dortmund players looking to break through at the club

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Honorable Mentions and Conclusion

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Borussia Dortmund have a plethora of players that could have featured on this list, which is a testament to their ability to find and develop some of the most talented youngsters in the world. They include the likes of: Thierry Fidjeu Tazemeta (Austria u16 international and recent addition from St Polten), Luca Reggiani (Italy u16 international and captain) Taycan Ectibasi (recently joined from Schalke) , Charles Herrmann (German u17 World Cup and Euros winner) and Jan-Luca Riedel (14 year old German already playing in the u17s), among others.

Dortmund have been excellent at maintaining their local youth development while shifting to the modern required business model of significant youth recruitment. With so many struggles being experienced in the first team, this may open opportunities for some of these players to make an expedited breakthrough.

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Given Dortmund's midfield woes this season, players like Kjell Wätjen could be given a chance to show what they can do on the pitch for the first team. The lackluster performances of Emre Can and Salih Özcan in possession, coupled with Sabitzer's 2.55 tackles and interceptions seeing him in the 30th percentile for midfielders in tackles and just the 13th for interceptions, leaves an opening for players like Wätjen to take an advantage of. This is only the tip of the iceberg however, as there are numerous players in Dortmund's youth ranks that could possibly breathe life into Dortmund’s uninspiring performances.