One to Watch: Florian Wirtz The genius passing machine


As West Ham get ready for Thursday night’s Europa League quarter final against Bayer Leverkusen, C&H take a look at some of the players David Moyes will have to watch out for starting with Florian Wirtz.

Wirtz is a versatile midfielder known for his exquisite dribbling ability, keen vision, and precise passing. Despite his young age, he possesses remarkable composure on the ball, often dictating the tempo of the game from midfield. His quick feet and sharp footballing mind make him a constant threat in the attacking third, capable of unlocking defences with incisive through balls or taking on defenders with his skilful dribbling.

Wirtz is one of the key reasons unbeaten Leverkusen have the opportunity to break Harry Kane’s and Bayern Munich’s hearts next weekend.

Florian Wirtz-Leverkusen-Player-Profile

West Ham will have their hands full with Florian Wirtz

– Wirtz made his professional debut for Bayer Leverkusen in May 2020, becoming the youngest goal scorer in Bundesliga history at the age of 17 years and 34 days.
– He has since established himself as a key player for Leverkusen, consistently delivering standout performances in both domestic and European competitions.
– Wirtz has represented Germany at various youth levels and is widely regarded as one of the most promising talents in German football.

A serious knee injury sustained in the 2021-22 campaign saw him miss the 2022 World Cup. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder bounced back in impressive style, however, and is Bayer Leverkusen’s leading light in their Bundesliga title push.

Fastest ever goal

Wirtz is full of confidence. The diminutive attacker stunned France in a 2-0 win when he smashed a shot past a stranded Brice Samba in the seventh second of the match for Germany’s fastest ever goal

As The Hammers prepare to face Leverkusen, Wirtz will certainly be one to watch. His ability to influence games with his creativity and flair makes him a player for David Moyes to plan for. Whether he’s orchestrating attacks from midfield or unleashing his lethal left foot on goal, Wirtz has the potential to be a game-changer.

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