The departure of Dutch youth international Javairô Dilrosun from Manchester City this summer went almost unnoticed as the 20-year-old was out of contract and decided not to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Dilrosun had many offers but in the end followed in the footsteps of another City academy player Jadon Sancho by heading to Germany’s Bundesliga, joining Hertha BSC for a compensation fee of just €250,000.
And the speedy young attacker has lit up Germany in his first appearances for Hertha with an impressive 3 assists and 2 goals in just four appearances – against well-known opposition too.
His first assist came against Schalke and he followed that up with a goal against Wolfsburg. TWO assists against Borussia Monchengladbach followed and most recently he scored against Werder Bremen.
This has led to Dilrosun receiving plenty of attention in Germany, with newspaper BILD running the headline: “Hertha’s Super Bargain: How could Guardiola miss Dilrosun?”
In fact, Guardiola knew all about Dilrosun, who trained with the first team several times.
“How he thinks about football and taught us tactics is special. I learned a lot,” said Dilrosun of training under Guardiola.
Unfortunately for the left winger, a pathway to Pep’s first team plans didn’t present itself, with Leroy Sané monopolising the left side, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also occupying the wings, Bernardo Silva fully capable of playing there, and youngster Brahim Diaz another option.
That led to the former Ajax academy player quitting City for Germany, where his stats so far are even better than those of Jadon Sancho. The two former City youngsters top the Bundesliga assist charts with three each, though Dilrosun has one more goal than Jadon.
It’s hard to say City will regret losing Dilrosun given the enormous talent on the flanks, but losing him for a modest compensation fee may well prove to be a disappointment if he continues to light up Germany’s Bundesliga.