E.At the moment, hardly a week goes by without new “water level reports” about him and his intention to change. Karim Adeyemi is likely to leave Salzburg in the coming summer, at 19 he is about to outgrow Red Bull’s best talent factory. The top clubs in the German Bundesliga have long since started the battle for the national player. Negotiations are said to have already taken place between the management of FC Bayern and its advisors, and Borussia Dortmund was recently said to have the best prospects for a commitment. RB Leipzig, which regularly and particularly likes to use its sister club, and VfL Wolfsburg should already be out of the running.
VfL managing director Jörg Schmadtke was able to convince himself of the qualities of the native of Munich in the 1: 3 defeat of his club on the third day of the Champions League, but he also realized that Adeyemi was in the premier class moved a bit further outside the financial possibilities of his club.
Not to mention that his current club showed the “wolves” the limits in clash. After just three minutes, Adeyemi had escaped the Wolfsburg defense and took the lead. It wasn’t to be the last time this evening, only VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels prevented his fourth goal of the current Champions League season.
In Erling Haaland’s footsteps
After failing ten times in a row in the qualifying round for the Champions League up to 2017 and whether the business conduct often criticized in the Red Football Bull cosmos caused a lot of glee among romanticists, RB Salzburg now tops the table of his group. And that despite the fact that the team lost support during the previous transfer seasons – Erling Haaland was just one of them. The supply of extraordinary talent seems inexhaustible. Alongside Mohamed Camara (21 years old), Brendan Aaronson (20) and Luka Sucic (19), Adeyemi is far from the only one who could fill the coffers in Salzburg in the near future.
Noah Okafor should have made it onto the radar of the top European club at the latest after the club’s most recent international appearance. The 21-year-old Swiss traffic twice because of a corner kick at close range and thus decided the game against Wolfsburg; But even more impressive were his numerous dribbles and sprints, with which he and Adeyemi drove his opponents to despair.
As dual leaders, the two embodied everything that the infamous Red Bull soccer school stands for: speed, technique and courage. At least on the European stage, this approach of the Austrian serial master was not crowned with success for a long time. Under the German coach Matthias Jaissle – in terms of age and talent, the 33-year-old is probably the counterpart to his storm duo on the sideline – the round of 16 in the premier class beckons. The former Hoffenheim Bundesliga player rightly spoke of a “mature performance”: “We brought our football to the field for almost 90 minutes.”
This international competitiveness could help the Salzburgers to keep one or the other talent a little longer. At least until summer Adeyemi and Okafor should still be on the field together. This should not only persuade the scouts of the European football elite to switch on – if you want to see good Champions League football, you should at least look to Salzburg instead of Barcelona or Turin for the moment.