The 20 Bundesliga youngsters with the most potential
Florian Wirtz is the Bundesliga player at the age of 21 or younger with the most potential, according to SciSports.
Using in-game data to calculate the performance of every Bundesliga player, the Bayer Leverkusen star has statistically the highest ceiling of any youngster plying their trade in Spain's top flight.
Still just 18, Wirtz made his top-flight debut in May 2020 and opened his Bundesliga account against Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer one month later, but he has continued to go from strength to strength.
The attacking midfielder has contributed 10 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season, but his campaign was cut short in March due to a cruciate ligament injury.
Wirtz surprisingly makes the top spot ahead of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland. The Norwegian has emerged as one of the most devastating forwards in world football over the last two seasons and is set for a €75 million transfer to Manchester City or Real Madrid in the next transfer window.
We stay with Dortmund for the player with the third-highest potential in Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder made the brave decision to leave for Germany in his teens and the decision has been vindicated as he is now considered one of the best young players in Europe.
It is back to Dortmund for number seven, Giovanni Reyna.
|Player||Parent Club||SciSports Potential|
|1. Florian Wirtz||Leverkusen||154.1|
|2. Erling Haaland||Dortmund||153.6|
|3. Jude Bellingham||Dortmund||146.8|
|4. Alphonso Davies||Bayern||144.0|
|5. Jamal Musiala||Bayern||133.2|
|6. Josko Gvardiol||RB Leipzig||126.8|
|7. Giovanni Reyna||Dortmund||122.8|
|8. Jeremie Frimpong||Leverkusen||122.3|
|9. Mitchel Bakker||Leverkusen||122.0|
|10. Dominik Szoboszlai||RB Leipzig||116.7|
|11. Mohamed Simakan||RB Leipzig||116.2|
|12. Jan Thielmann||Koln||112.7|
|13. Odilon Koussounou||Leverkusen||112.3|
|14. Aster Vranckx||Wolfsburg||108.9|
|15. Piero Hincapie||Leverkusen||108.8|
|16. Armel Bella-Kotchap||Bochum||108.5|
|17. Jonathan Burkhardt||Mainz||107.5|
|18. Joe Scally||Gladbach||104.9|
|19. Youssoufa Moukoko||Dortmund||104.2|
|20. Luca Netz||Gladbach||103.7|
How is the SciSkill ranking calculated?
SciSports explains how our development ratings are gathered:
“Among others, a positive development could be boosted by more playing time, playing time on a higher level or better performances on the pitch.
“A negative development could be due to the player being active on a lower level than he used to play, bad performances or the fact that he does not play that often as he used to do.
“A SciSkill Development of 0.0 could indicate that a player is performing exactly like our algorithm expects him to do. Another reason could be inactivity (e.g. a long-term injury or suspension).”