— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 27. Januar 2015
Yes, I’m ecstatic about this news! Jeremy Dudziak just signed a pro contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2018.
Ever since the u 17 World Cup in Mexico in 2011, which Germany won under the tutelage of Steffen Freund, Jeremy Dudziak has been on the list of hot prospects.
In Mexico the BVB youth player impressed on the left back position with a diverse set of skills. He united pace, technique, tackling with an already great understanding of the game for a 16 year old.
Of course, a lot of time has passed since then and the way from a 16 year old prospect to an actual professional footballer is tough and can end abruptly, but Dudziak made it – and he has the chance to make it big!
The promotion to the professional squad doesn’t really come as a surprise. Dudziak has been promoted from BVB’s u19 to the u23 side at the beginning of 2014, when he was just 18 years old. His ascend has been gradual, as it was rapid.
Michael Zorc was quoted on BVB.de: “Jeremy had a very positive development in recent months. He rightfully moves up to the professional squad. It’s nice to see a true home-grown talent to make the jump to the pros.”
Dudziak has very much impressed in Dortmund’s friendlies during the winter break. Especially going forward the left back, who can also play on various positions in midfield, already looks far more promising than Marcel Schmelzer ever did. The 19 year old has the technique and agility to win dribbles or to maintain the ball on tight spaces. One could argue that he is wasted as left-back, but given his defensive prowess and the lack of left backs in Germany, it’s great to have one with such potential.
He might have been even further in his development, if it wasn’t for a shoulder injury, that sidelined the 19 year old from July to November in 2014.
But now Jeremy finally fulfilled his dream: “I play for BVB since I’m fourteen years old. It was always my dream to become a professional. Now this dream has come true. I promise, that I will keep working hard on myself in the future.”
Whether Dudziak will already regularly feature in the BVB squad on match days just yet remains to be seen. But Erik Durm and Marcel Schmelzer should watch their backs, there is a hot prospect coming to take their place. Who knows, he might become a solution in Dortmund’s defensive midfield one day, for now we just congratulate Jeremy for his achievement.