Youssoufa Moukoko is a teenager. But he already has the makings of a future great. Despite his young age, the youngster has played 14 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund. Moukoko did not only play. He also contributed offensively, as evidenced by his three goals. In fact, the native of Yaoundé, Cameroon, became the youngest striker in the history of the Bundesliga.
This precociousness has propelled him to the forefront of the scene. The pressure from the media was too much for the player to handle. The desire to remain consistent and the fear of failure led the young footballer to leave everything behind. "At the beginning, the reports were very stressful for me. Especially when they discussed my age. I didn't want to do that anymore. I wanted to quit," Moukoko reveals.
In the face of these difficulties, he could count on one man: Sebastian Geppert. "My coach (Sebastian Geppert) helped me a lot. He supported me. I was able to forget everything on the field," he says.
"I need playing time"
It was only to be expected that the cameras would focus on the prodigy. Moukoko was already in the news when he was still in training. The Yaounde native was piling up goals like pearls. Eighty-eight (88) goals in 141 matches, that's something that can not go unnoticed. The seed was sown and the flowers of a fine career were also in the horizon.
With the rigour of the Bundesliga and media pressure tamed, Moukoko is now better equipped to tackle the 2021-2022 season. "I want to accumulate more minutes than in my first season. I want to score more goals and make more assists. I always want to be there when the team needs me. Of course it's going to be difficult. But I have to have confidence in my abilities. I need playing time. And I'm sure I'll get more playing time," concludes the golden boy.