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RBL youth players: a look at our loanees

Match practice on loan for RBL yongsters | Over 6,000 minutes total for Tom Krauß, Dennis Borkowski, Eric Martel, Frederik Jäkel, Noah Ohio and Tim Schreiber in the 2020/21 season | Interview with Tom Krauß

RB Leipzig youth players out on loan

RB Leipzig's Career Center creates a wide range of options for loaning out young players thanks to a national and international network and an ongoing exchange with clubs at home and abroad, so that RB Leipzig's youth talents can gain regular match practice at the highest possible level.
 
In the following roundup, we will take a look at the players currently out on loan and how they are doing at their clubs.

+++ Tom Krauß +++

Tom Krauß was involved in the Red Bulls' first team squad before heading to 1. FC Nürnberg on a two-season-long loan last year. At FCN, he is earning valuable playing minutes as a regular in defensive midfield. Off the pitch, the 19-year-old represents the 1. FCN eSports team from time to time.

  • Goal involvements: 2 goals | 1 assist
  • Appearances: 32
  • Minutes: 2,294
  • Competitions: Bundesliga 2 | DFB-Pokal

Interview with Tom Krauß:

Tom, you’ve spent this season on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg. How would you sum it up so far?
 
I feel very comfortable in Nürnberg. The team has welcomed me very well and some of my teammates have already become friends in a short time. As I already know coach Robert Klauß from our time together at RB Leipzig, the adjustment was quite easy. In Dennis Borkowski, another Leipzig player joined in winter; I was able to help him settle in. It's just that the Franconian dialect of German is a bit unfamiliar, and I had to get used to some of my teammates speaking it at first. But so far, so good (laughs).
 
Was the move away from your home of Leipzig also a new experience for you off the pitch?
 
Definitely. I'm living in my own apartment in Nürnberg, which was very unusual for me at first. In Leipzig, In Leipzig, I lived with my parents and was food was cooked for us in the academy. Now I cook for myself and am in charge of my own household; that’s made me even more mature.
 
New city, new club, new surroundings. How would you describe the conditions in Nürnberg?
 
FCN has a very good infrastructure and an outstanding training centre which is at Bundesliga standard. You have everything you need here. That helps me in my development, of course, because good conditions form the basis. The whole club and coaching team make it easy for me to concentrate fully on my football.
 
How would you assess your footballing development?
 
The loan was definitely the right decision. I've played in 24 from a possible 27 games, and I'm proud that the coach has that level of confidence in me. Football-wise, I was able to take the next steps. I set myself personal goals at the beginning of the season, some of which I've already exceeded: I get a lot of playing time, have more confidence in situations on the ball and through the games I have been able to gain a lot of experience at a high level. That allows me to mature as a player and as a person. And I'm now realising more and more how valuable the previous years in Leipzig have been, both in a character and footballing sense.
 
How does that become noticeable?
 
My parents had a strong influence on my character. They are the first people I trust and have always picked me up after defeats and at thimes when things weren't going so well. That helps me to deal with setbacks in the world of football, too. From a footballing sense, the overall picture of sporting, academic and character training in the RBL youth team was extremely important for me.
 
I got to know my body better and can now assess my strengths and weaknesses more clearly. I am braver as a player, but also as a person, because I've learned to make decisions independently. I now know that there is not just one way to approach a game or situations in life. I've matured into a player who can make his own decisions responsibly.
 
On the way to becoming a professional footballer a youth international, you have to manage school, free time and football. How did you manage that?
 
Again, my parents were a great help. They drove me everywhere and helped organise my days, for which I'm very grateful. They also indirectly motivated me to be able to manage things positively day-to-day, because I wanted to make them proud. I still want to make them proud, because that makes me happy. 
On top of that, RB Leipzig provided the conditions for me to be able to keep a good balance in all areas despite the workload. That was a key to my current career.
 
How much to you pay attention to Leipzig's season?
 
I follow every game and always hope for a win - not least because I'm from Leipzig. The team's performance on the pitch this season is amazing. I'm also in contact with some of the players, but of course, my concentration is fully on 1. FC Nürnberg and I want to pick up as many points as possible with the club this season.
 
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The 19-year-old faced RB Leipzig in the first round of the DFB-Pokal with Nürnberg.

Factfile:

  • Name: Tom Krauß
  • Date of birth: 22/06/2001 in Leipzig
  • Age: 19
  • Nationaity: German
  • Position: Defensive midfield

RBL statistics:

  • Bundesliga | 1 game
     
  • U19 Bundesliga | 39 games | 12 goals | 3 assists
  • U17 Bundesliga | 51 games | 6 goals | 2 assists
  • UEFA Youth League | 4 games

+++ Dennis Borkowski +++

At the end of January, attacker Dennis Borkowski completed an 18-month loan to 1. FC Nürnberg. At the end of May, RB Leipzig extended his contract two years until 2025.

  • Goal involvements: 3 goals
  • Appearances: 13
  • Minutes: 653
  • Competitions: Bundesliga 2
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Striker Dennis Borkowski made the step from the RBL youth team to the first-team squad last season. Since the end of January, the 19-year-old has been on loan at 1. FC Nürnberg.

Factfile:

  • Name: Dennis Borkowski
  • Date of birth: 26/01/2002 in Riesa
  • Age: 19 
  • Nationality: German
  • Position: Attacker

RBL statistics:

  • Bundesliga | 3 games
  • DFB-Pokal | 1 game | 1 assist
     
  • U19 Bundesliga | 19 games | 13 goals | 6 assists
  • U17 Bundesliga | 40 games | 24 goals | 9 assists
  • UEFA Youth League | 5 games

+++ Eric Martel +++

At the end of 2020, midfielder Eric Martel made his professional debut off the bench for the Red Bulls in the DFB-Pokal win over FC Augsburg. In mid-January, the 18-year-old youth international moved to Austrian first-division side Austria Wien on an 18-month loan, where he established himself as a regular and helped the 24-time Austrian champions secure Europa League qualification.

  • Goal involvements: 1 goal | 2 assists
  • Appearances: 22
  • Minutes: 1,831
  • Competitions: Austrian Bundesliga | Bundesliga Europa League Play-off | Austrian Cup
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Eric Martel will be at Austria Wien until June 2022.

Factfile:

  • Name: Eric Martel
  • Date of birth: 29/04/2002 in Straubing
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: German
  • Position: Defence/Midfield

RBL statistics:

  • DFB-Pokal | 1 game
     
  • U19 Bundesliga | 22 games | 3 goals
  • U17 Bundesliga | 24 games | 4 goals | 3 assists

+++ Frederik Jäkel +++

Youngster Frederik Jäkel completed a two-season loan to Belgian first division side KV Oostende in June 2020. After overcoming a setback in the shape of a back injury, the defender made his debut in the Belgian league against RSC Anderlecht in December.

Jäkel linked up with his former U19 coach Alexander Blessin in Oostende. The 47-year-old also left RB Leipzig in the summer of 2020 to take up his first ever role as a professional coach.

  • Appearances: 17
  • Minutes: 1,266
  • Competitions: Jupiler Pro League | JPL Playoff II | Beker van Belgie

 

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Frederik Jäkel was awarded the U19 bronze Fritz Walter Medal in 2020.

Factfile:

  • Name: Frederik Jäkel
  • Date of birth: 07/03/2001 in Dommitzsch
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: German
  • Position: Centre back

RBL statistics:

  • U19 Bundesliga | 32 games | 2 goals
  • U17 Bundesliga | 17 games | 1 goal
  • UEFA Youth League | 5 games

+++ Noah Ohio +++

Centre forward Noah Ohio joined the Red Bulls' youth team from Manchester City in the summer of 2019. In 13 games in the U17 Bundesliga, the 18-year-old found the net ten times and provided one assist. He also made his mark on the U19 Bundesliga, scoring five goals and providing two assists in just four games. At the beginning of January, Noah moved to Dutch first division side Vitesse Arnhem on an 18-month loan deal.

  • Appearances: 4
  • Minutes: 26
  • Competitions: Eredivisie
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Ohio is looking for first team practice in the Netherlands and could face off against another Leipzig loanee in Yvon Mvogo (PSV).

Factfile:

  • Name: Noah Ohio
  • Date of birth: 16/01/2003 in Almere, Netherlands
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Position: Attacker

RBL statistics:

  • U19 Bundesliga | 4 games | 5 goals | 2 assists
  • U17 Bundesliga | 13 games | 10 goals | 1 assist

+++ Tim Schreiber +++

Goalkeeper Tim Schreiber made the step up to the first-team squad last year, where he trained alongside Péter Gulácsi, Philipp Tschauner and Josep Martínez. At the beginning of February, the 18-year-old moved to third-division club Hallescher FC on an 18-month loan deal.

  • Appearances: 2
  • Minutes: 180
  • Competition: 3. Liga
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The U19 youth international has already trained alongside the RBL pros for a year.

Factfile:

  • Name: Tim Schreiber
  • Date of birth: 24/04/2002 in Freital
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: German
  • Position: Goalkeeper

RBL statistics:

  • U19 Bundesliga | 24 games | 6 clean sheets
  • UEFA Youth League | 4 games

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