7 Bundesliga Players You Have to Watch During UEFA Nations League This Fortnight

Didn't the last international break like just finish?

It's that dreaded time of year again when domestic action takes a backseat and, with the introduction of the new UEFA Nations League, competitive international football returns to our screens.

With all the extra time you're bound to have over the next two weeks during club football's absence, now's the perfect time to do some scouting for who your team could be signing in the near future.

Here are seven players from the Bundesliga that you'll regret not keeping an eye out for over the next fortnight.

7. Mark Uth - Schalke 04

This first section was always intended as a way of waxing lyrical about 19-year-old Kai Havertz. Unfortunately, Die Mannschaft's golden boy had to pull out of the squad through injury, as did Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger.

Fans who still want to get a taste of what German football can offer, however, would be wise to keep one eye out for Schalke's Mark Uth.

The 27-year-old earned his move to Gelsenkirchen thanks to his clinical displays for Hoffenheim. Although the striker is yet to find the back of the net this season, these upcoming Nations League games will offer Uth to showcase his reputation as one of Germany's top marksmen.

Germany vs: Netherlands (October 13), France (October 16).

6. Ondrej Duda - Hertha BSC

Slovakia international Ondrej Duda might not be a name which is all that familiar with fans outside of the Bundesliga, but the 23-year-old has arguably been the best performing player so far this season.

Duda has picked up five goals from midfield, placing him ahead of the likes of Marco Reus, Timo Werner and even Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts.

He was instrumental in Hertha BSC's outstanding 2-0 win over reigning champions Bayern Munich earlier in the campaign, and the Berliners currently have the second highest points tally in the league.

Slovakia vs: Czech Republic (October 13).

5. Benjamin Pavard - VfB Stuttgart

If anyone needs this international break, it's France's darling from the World Cup, Benjamin Pavard.

Since he scored that goal against Argentina and became a world champion, the young defender has found himself at the centre of another relegation dogfight in Swabia.

Pavard has been one of the few shining lights for VfB Stuttgart this season - he also was last season, and the season before that - but this time around it seems clear that the Frenchman has one eye on his next move, and who can blame him.

A chance to link back up with the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann could be just what the doctor ordered for Pavard before he returns to fight for survival in what looks to be his last season with Stuttgart.

France vs: Germany (October 16).

4. Denis Zakaria - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach's Denis Zakaria has gone from an unknown talent to one of the most commanding midfielders in Europe (yes, Europe) in no time at all.

The 22-year-old boasts an outstanding combination of pace, power and technical ability, something which is quickly becoming the must have at the highest level of the sport, especially in the Premier League.

Dubbed 'the next Patrick Vieira' at an early age whilst coming through the ranks at BSC Young Boys, Zakaria has done nothing over the last year to harm those lofty expectations.

Switzerland vs: Belgium (October 12), Iceland (October 15).

3. Alfred Finnbogason - FC Augsburg

Alfred Finnbogason might be considered an 'old fashioned' striker these days, but the Iceland international lets his performances on the pitch do all the talking and he very rarely disappoints.

The 29-year-old has had spells all across Europe, but after finally becoming settled at Augsburg in 2016, Finnbogason has always impressed in the top flight of German football.

This season, Finnbogason has already scored four goals. What makes that stat even more impressive is that he's done that in just two games, averaging a goal in the Bundesliga every 43 minutes.

If you love a goalscorer, and let's face it who doesn't, then watching Finnbogason in action is a must during this international break.

Iceland vs: Switzerland (October 15).

2. Paco Alcácer - Borussia Dortmund

Once considered as Spain's next big thing during his time at Valencia, Paco Alcácer has fallen off the map due to playing second fiddle to Luis Suárez at Barcelona.

However, in just 81 minutes of football in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, Alcácer is already the league's top goalscorer with a breathtaking tally of six goals.

His substitute performances with die Schwarzgelben has caught the attention of Spain boss Luis Enrique and Alcácer has returned to the national team setup.

The 25-year-old has an uncanny eye for goal - the kind you're either born with, or without - and could quickly become one of Europe's hottest properties if he impresses with La Roja this fortnight.

Spain vs: England (October 15).

1. Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund

If you didn't see this coming then you must have been living under a rock throughout 2018.

The world will be watching Jadon Sancho step onto the pitch for the first time as a senior England international over the next two weeks as the 18-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm since ditching life under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Sancho, who has started just one game across all competitions this season, is leading the assist charts across Europe this season, and few who watch the teenager on a regular basis would argue that he is the best prospect that the Three Lions have.

Fans of the Premier League will understandably be taking praise for Sancho with a pinch of salt, but once domestic football gets back underway next week, the youngster would have taken one giant leap to becoming a household name.

England vs: Croatia (October 12), Spain (October 15).