Never before in the history of the Bundesliga has a player who has not even sniffed professional air for a minute been praised so high in the sky. If you look at the social media channels today, some might think that it is the Queen’s birthday today – so much attention is currently being paid to Youssoufa Moukoko. The 16-year-old could play for BVB against Hertha from Berlin on Saturday. His name is known as if he’d been around for ten years. But how should you deal responsibly and carefully with such an exceptional player when everyone expects wonderful things from him?
This is how BVB, Moukoko and the environment should deal with this extraordinary situation.
To make it clear once again: The rate that Moukoko can show in the youth teams is overwhelming regardless of age. Even for a 19-year-old, 44 goals in 23 A-youth Bundesliga games would be fantastic. But to do the whole thing at the age of 15 is pure madness. This season alone, the German-Cameroonian has ten stalls in three games.
Of course, those responsible for BVB try to protect the teenager and reduce the pressure. But it is already too late for that. All of Germany was hit by the Moukoko hype; everyone who deals with the Bundesliga knows his name. Everyone is waiting for him as for the Messiah. The past clearly shows that a 16-year-old cannot cope with such a requirement. But Moukoko is not a classic professional newcomer, he has known for two years that miracles are expected from HIM, the boy is hot as French fries and knows exactly: “Now it starts, now I can show everyone.”
BVB would do well to throw him in the deep end as soon as possible, artificially delaying the whole process now would be a mistake. The German junior international wants to prove himself and is in great shape – this season scored an average of three times per game. The best things often happen when you don’t think about them for long. Favre should give Moukoko minutes of play if the game went well. So either Moukoko can immediately prove his extraterrestrial talent or you notice that he doesn’t go off like a spatial sphere immediately and you let go of him a little in the media. Waiting weeks until the debut could make the pressure on the young guy even more unbearable. From week to week the media will challenge him and give him an even bigger cross.
Today’s media play an almost more important role than that of the BVB coaching team. Everything is extremely fast moving; Top today, flop tomorrow. Such media behavior is pure poison for a young person. A Ronaldo can cope if the press raves about him for three weeks – and that is often neither fair nor proportionate. A man who has not even reached the age of majority takes the hustle and bustle much worse. Here, puppy protection must definitely apply and the German press should take the inviolability of human dignity to heart, because with a few bad words a whole career can be ruined in no time! Unfortunately, the past has shown that understanding and empathy are foreign words for many a press house.
When Moukoko scores in the Bundesliga for the first time, nothing will be the same in his life. The pretty girls will rush for him, as will player agents and top clubs. The money is suddenly in abundance and the first sports car can be bought quickly, despite the lack of a driver’s license. BUT, he’s a normal teen anyway. And that is how you should treat him and not make him a categorical role model for everyone, because that is not his job either. In spite of everything, modesty would first be important, because in Germany you will be swaggering right away. In terms of character, Moukoko is also rather reserved – that is an ideal trait to properly and sensibly classify everything that has happened and will happen. In any case, whether BVB fan or not, we wish him MUCH SUCCESS!