Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi has ‘huge potential’ and can follow in the footsteps of Serge Gnabry amid claims that a move to Premier League giants Liverpool could be on the cards, Austrian legend Toni Polster told OE24.
If this was a little glimpse into the future, then supporters from Berlin to Bavaria have a lot to look forward to.
With Germany 5-0 up and cruising during Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Armenia, Hansi Flick brought a pair of fresh-faced teenagers off the bench and was left beaming from ear to ear as they dovetailed beautifully en route to goal number six.
18-year-old Florian Wirtz drifted in from the left-hand side, showcasing his trademark quick feet and balletic balance, before setting up 19-year-old Karim Adeyemi to drill an inch-perfect finish in at the near post.
A Rolls Royce of a finish at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Adeyemi became the youngest goal-scorer for the German national team since a wide-eyed Mario Gotze a decade ago.
After cashing in on Erling Haaland, Dominik Szbosozlai, Patson Daka, Takumi Minamino and Hwang Hee Chan over the last 18 months or so, it now feels like a matter of time before another exciting young forward is stepping off the Salzburg production line.
According to BILD, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have joined Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race for a striker who’s scored eight goals in nine games for club and country this season.
Red Bull, it seems, really does give you wings.
Is Karim Adeyemi on his way to Liverpool?
“You simply have to congratulate Salzburg,” said Polster, the Austrian national team’s all-time top scorer.
“Karim Adeyemi was a great move. You put over three million euros on the table for a 16-year-old, and you took a big risk. That risk has already more than paid off.
“Adeyemi is now worth 20 million euros (£17 million). The scouting department did a really good job there.
“It’s only a matter of time before the young bull ends up at a top club. Bayern, Barcelona and Liverpool have already expressed their interest. But the next step has to be carefully considered.”
Polster believes Adeyemi would benefit from staying at Salzburg for the time being, honing those talents before following in the foosteps of Haaland and co.
“He can become a really big player, like Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sane,” added the former Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach goal-machine.
“Comparing him to Erling Haaland would be unfair. (Haaland) is currently on the way to becoming the world’s best striker. But, as I said, Adeyemi also has huge potential.”