By scoring this Saturday against Bayern Munich at 17 years and 34 days old, Florian Wirtz has become the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history. The attacking midfielder is already compared to … his teammate Kai Havertz.
Scoring your first goal in the league with a rolled shot from the left when you are right-handed, it’s not trivial. But to face Manuel Neuer and beat a record of precocity in passing, it becomes downright a small feat. By marking this Saturday opposite Bayern Munich At 17 years and 34 days old, Florian Wirtz has simply become the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history.
If his team lost (4-2), the attacking midfielder marked the spirits by dusting the record held until then by Nuri Sahin, who had scored in 2005 with Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17 and 85 days.
Three weeks earlier, on May 18, Wirtz had become the third youngest player in history to debut in the Bundesliga by being aligned against Werder Bremen (4-1), after Sahin and Cologne defender Yann Bisseck.
Already compared to Havertz
“When we see the list of players who scored before the age of 18 (Julian Draxler, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner …), we can predict a great future for him. Peter Bosz (Leverkusen’s coach) launched him on the recovery of the Bundesliga. For the German media, it is the successor of Kai Havertz. Once again, Leverkusen brings us out a player who will have to be followed, “said David Lortholary, German football specialist for RMC Sport.
Launched after returning from the locker room against Bayern, while the score was 3-1 for visitors, the German international U17 – arrived at the start of the year from Cologne – deceived Neuer’s vigilance after eliminating Lucas Hernandez with a feint of strike in the surface.
Olympian calm for its beginnings
For his teammate Julian Baumgartlinger, he showed in his first match that he had “special qualities”. After his debut on the Werder’s lawn, Bosz praised his Olympian calm: “Normally I don’t talk about players individually. But I’m going to do it for Florian. Playing his first Bundesliga match is always something special. At 17, I imagine he was nervous before the game. But he didn’t show it, he played well, he was important to us in this game. He kept a lot of balls. well defended. “
Aleksandar Dragovic, defender of Bayer, is convinced that he “maybe another Kai Havertz if he keeps his feet on the ground “. The comparison with his elder often returns, despite a clear difference in size (1.89m for Havertz, 1.75m for Wirtz).
Because they evolve to the position of attacking midfielder, even if Havertz – forfeit against Bayern – has helped out in peak in his last games, because they have a good point of speed and a silky technique, and because they are therefore precocity phenomena. Let the supporters of the Bayer take advantage of this, because Havertz could pass the torch to his young teammate this summer to join a European cador.
In the meantime, Wirtz could have another opportunity to show itself on Tuesday with a trip to Saarbrucken, D4 club, in the semi-finals of the German Cup.