Denmark has always been known for their prolificacy when it comes to producing young talent in the world of football.
Once giving birth to legends like Peter Schmeichel, Jon Dahl Tomasson, and the Laudrup brothers – now it’s time for the up-and-coming super talents like Kasper Dolberg, Andreas Christensen, and Jacob Bruun Larsen and many others to shine.
The latter name may not be as familiar to football spectators, but if you’re a fan of Die Schwarzgelben and/or follow the Bundesliga regularly, it may ring a bell.
Not a lot of people know him at this time – but judging by how well he is playing right now – I’m certain he’ll have a glowing reputation in the near future and that many spectators will be praising the brilliance of Jacob Bruun Larsen.
Jacob Bruun Larsen is a Danish footballer who was born in Lyngby, on September 19th, 1998. He began playing competitively in his local area and forged a good reputation in Lyngby.
It wasn’t long until scouts across Europe took notice of the Danish adolescent. Borussia Dortmund scouts were encaptivated by the ability of the 17 year old prodigy and tempted him with an irresistible offer to join the club in 2015.
Borussia Dortmund are notorious for discovering hidden gems in the peripheral leagues of world football.
Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski immediately spring to mind. The former was discovered in the second tier of Japanese football and Lewandowski was plying his trade in his native Poland before joining The Black & Yellows.
Larsen amassed 9 appearances for Borussia Dortmund at Under 17 level during his debut season, scoring three goals and providing one assist.
His performances earned him promotion into Under 19 squad and Larsen once again exemplified his brilliance. He scored a staggering 11 goals and accumulated 13 assists in 32 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.
He was an integral player in their success and his contributions helped guide Borussia Dortmund to the U19 Bundesliga title.
Larsen consolidated his growing reputation in the academy and exceeded his tally from the previous campaign with a record of 21 goals and 16 assists.
Die Borussen ran out U19 champions once again by defeating Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shootout.
He had his eyes set on obtaining a place in the first team and marked his debut with an assist in the DFB-Pokal Cup during the 2016/17 season.
Injuries severely halted his progress during the 2027/18 season, and he was sent to VFB Stuttgart on loan until the end of the campaign.
He was unable to attain a place in the first team and made just four appearances. But he was still deemed an exciting prospect and everybody still believed that once he had recovered from his injuries, it was just a matter of time until he got back to his best form and showed everybody what he’s really made of.
Now, it’s the 2018/19 season and Jacob Bruun Larsen has returned to Dortmund after his loan spell ended. He was played several times by Lucien Favre in pre-season and he duly delivered with a string of stunning performances.
The 20 year old is receiving regular playing opportunities under Favre and he’s flourishing in the spotlight. He’s exemplifying the form shown at youth level with a return of 3 goals and 2 assists thus far in the 2018/19 season.
Style of Play
Jacob Bruun Larsen is played mostly as a winger. He could play on both wings, but he’s usually deployed as a left winger.
The 183cm (6ft) tall winger is right-footed, so normally you would expect him to cut inside from the left wing – but he is equally adept with his left foot so he could spring a few surprises on the left flank.
Dubbed the new Reus, Bruun Larsen actually has a similarity with the Borussia Dortmund captain in terms of playing style. A winger with an eye for a goal. Not just scoring, but always involved in the process of creating.
The Denmark youth international likes to hold the ball, waiting for an overlapping run from his teammate or make runs behind the opposition’s defenders.
He’s a bundle of energy but also has an intelligent head on his shoulders. Favre is very exact with his tactical vision and Larsen will be the perfect individual to execute his instructions and demands.
Favre has consistently deployed him as a left winger since being appointed manager of Borussia Dortmund, but Larsen has proven himself in a variety of positions during his youth career with the Under-17 and Under-19 squads.
This versatility will be crucial to enabling Borussia Dortmund to compete on all fronts, especially when fatigue and injuries increase during the climactic stages of the season.
He’s been dubbed the next Marco Reus. It may quite frankly be a sensationalized phrase used by the press, but he does have one poignant similarity with his fellow teammate and that is his eye for goals. He’s not only capable of scoring himself, but he also provides quality in the final third in the creation of goalscoring moves.
This young man has very few weaknesses in his game, but like all young talents, there is still a significant amount that he needs to improve.
His lack of composure is a concerning aspect of his game, but it’s common for young players to feel pressure because of their lack of experience in first team football.
He’s keen to quickly dispatch the ball to one of his other teammates to avoid being pressed into making a mistake from the opposition. He’ll only improve on this aspect of his game by playing more games for Borussia Dortmund.
He may not be as popular as some of BVB’s other young prodigies, but he has the potential to spring a surprise and cement a regular place in the starting line-up in the near future.
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