Die Goldenen Kinder! 7 Young Stars Who've Got the 2017/18 Bundesliga Campaign Off to a Flyer

The 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign has begun in a rather intriguing fashion - with relentless title winners Bayern Munich getting off to a less than successful start under the fractious regime of the now-departed Carlo Ancelotti.


The hot-favourites for the title sit in second place, but are five points behind Borussia Dortmund who have got the season off to a flyer - claiming 19 points from their opening seven matches.


Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig have had encouraging starts to the campaign, while FC Cologne and Werder Bremen will be hoping for a miracle to sort out their appalling start to the Bundesliga season.


In a league famed for its entertaining style of play, youngsters are often prized assets for clubs wishing to play a role in forging the next generation of footballing talents. A number of prodigious talents have got the season off to the flyer, and here's seven of them who've made a real impact so far....

7. Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund have raised eyebrows across Europe with their barnstorming start to the 2017/18 season, and the performances of 19-year-old American wonderkid Christian Pulisic have been pivotal to this success.


Adept at playing either on the left or right in a potent front-three, the dribbling dynamo has wreaked havoc on Bundesliga back-lines from the first whistle of the season.


Pulisic is a real prospect for the future, and claimed the Man of the Match award in his side's comprehensive 3-0 victory over Hamburg last month.

6. Nico Elvedi - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Having successfully broken his way into the Swiss international team, 21-year-old Nico Elvedi is coming along leaps and bounds for Borussia Mönchengladbach.


A tenacious right wing-back, Elvedi has proven crucial to his side in their solid start to the season, and played superbly in their 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart, bagging an assist to go along with a hard-earned clean-sheet.


While he can at times be let down by an over-eagerness to maraud forward, Elvedi's sheer enthusiasm for the game has seen him become a stand-out young talent for his team.

5. Dayot Upamecano - RB Leipzig

There's a lot of hype surrounding 18-year-old centre-back Dayot Upamecano, with the RB Leipzig man being hotly tipped as a future star defender.


His club have taken a big game by putting faith in such an inexperienced player to sit in the heart of their defence, but the gutsy move seems to have come off a treat, with Upamecano excelling so far this season.


A powerful, agile and composed defender, the young Frenchman particularly impressed in his side's 4-1 victory over Freiburg, displaying the footballing nous of a player twice his age.

4. Leon Goretzka - Schalke

A consistently impressive performer in an otherwise shaky Schalke side, 22-year-old Leon Goretzka is putting in the kind of performances that will surely yield a big move away from his current club at the end of the season.


Now a fully fledged international with six goals in 12 appearances, the creative midfielder has also shone on a domestic level.


Goretzka ran the midfield impressively in his side's 1-1 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, scoring a goal and receiving the Man of the Match award for his superb efforts.

3. Leon Bailey - Bayer Leverkusen

A young man destined for greatness, 20-year-old Leon Bailey has performed admirably as a reliable impact substitution for Bayer Leverkusen so far this season.


Happy playing on either wing, Bailey's raw, rapid pace make him a real defender's nightmare. The form shown by the youngster before the international break may well have secured him a regular starting spot for struggling side.


Bagging two assists against Hamburg, followed by a crucial goal against Schalke in a tight 1-1 draw, Bailey is already proving that he has the attributes required to shine in the Bundesliga.

2. Jean-Kévin Augustin - RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig certainly have their finger on the pulse when it comes to the best young talent in France, and Jean-Kévin Augustin is another of their young stars making a real name for himself so far this season.


The 20-year-old has looked dangerous infant of goal since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, chipping in two goals and two assists in his four league appearances.


Watch this space, the French Under-21 international is only going to go from strength-to-strength this season.

1. Dan-Axel Zagadou - Borussia Dortmund

Another talented youngster to be inexplicably shown the door by PSG, Dan-Axel Zagadou is thriving in his new found surroundings at Borussia Dortmund.


A fine example of a modern day wing-back, Zagadou has darted along the left wing for his side when called upon this season, while also proving a significant aerial threat at 6ft 5'.


The 18-year-old is one of many bright-sparks in a highly exciting BVB side, but his combination of desirable attributes truly makes him one of the picks of the bunch.


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