Many familiar faces from German football and the Bundesliga are now playing largely unnoticed by the German media abroad. Today in the weltfussball.de spotlight: an ex-BVB talent who disappears into oblivion, a dream goal of a former problem child of Borussia Dortmund and an accurate ex-FC Bayern player.
In 2019, he still played a major role in the promotion to the Premier League. Around two years later, Moritz Leitner no longer plays a role at Norwich City.
At the beginning of the season, the native of Munich was sorted out by team manager Daniel Farke, who once coached Borussia Dortmund’s second representative, and apparently completely deleted. Leitner has not been part of the canaries roster since then.
In the current season, the midfielder played only one game for the reserve team from Norwich. This time, Leitner had absolutely no part in the club’s return from the university town to the English House of Lords.
The fact that he was sidelined at his employer is nothing really new for Leitner. The 28-year-old hardly played a role in his previous positions at Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio Rome or FC Augsburg.
BVB had high hopes for Leitner when the talent came to Dortmund from 1860 Munich in 2011. But he never made his big breakthrough with the black and yellow. After several rather unsuccessful loans, he was finally transferred to Italy to Lazio.
Leitner’s contract with Norwich is dated until 2022. He hardly has a future with the newcomer. The former BVB talent is convinced that it will not completely disappear.
There is already contact to various clubs with “exciting projects”, said Leitner to “Goal” in January. However, he only wants to express himself in concrete terms when “there are facts to report. That’s what I mean by professionalism.” But nothing has happened since then.
Dream free kick by Bruun Larsen
One player who also hoped in vain for the big rise in the Dortmund jersey is Jacob Bruun Larsen. The attacker moved from his Danish home from Lyngby BK to BVB in 2015.
The storm talent was allowed to sniff professional air for the first time in the 2017/2018 season before it was awarded to VfB Stuttgart in the second half of the season. In the following season, Bruun Larsen collected more and more playing time at the Revierklub, even having three goals and three assists in 30 games.
But the slump followed in the 2019/2020 season. Bruun Larsen was hardly used any more. A winter change to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim followed. But the national player did not flourish again in Kraichgau, whereupon TSG loaned the offensive player to RSC Anderlecht.
Bruun Larsen is more often on the field in Belgium, but he has not yet found his goal threat again – at least until last weekend.
In the 2-2 draw against Club Bruges in the playoffs, Bruun Larsen was the best man on the pitch with a dream free kick and an assist. But it wasn’t enough to win, as ex-Bundesliga player Bas Dost met to equalize shortly before the end.
Nevertheless, they hope at Anderlecht that the game is a chest loosener for Bruun Larsen. According to Belgian media reports, the club from Bruges even wants to extend the loan contract by one season.
Former Bayern Munich shooter gets going
Kwasi Wriedt also turned his back on Germany in the summer. The striker, who mostly played in the 3rd division at Bayern, was never really able to get stuck with the Munich team – despite an outstanding rate of 71 goals in 98 appearances for the reserve team.
Before the current season, the 26-year-old moved to Willem II, but was thrown back at the beginning of his adventure by a metatarsal fracture.
But meanwhile Wriedt seems to have found its way back to its old strength. Seven goals and an assist are already on the books. Just recently, the native of Hamburg demonstrated his goal-gettingter qualities. In the league game against FC Utrecht, he successfully netted. But he could not avert the 2: 3 defeat.