After helping Greuther Fürth to Bundesliga promotion in 2020/21, winning the U21 Euros and representing Germany at the Olympics, David Raum emerged as a key part of Germany's senior squad before earning a move to RB Leipzig.
Club: RB Leipzig
Country: Germany (9 caps)
Raum was born and raised in Nuremberg and joined local club Tuspo Nuremberg aged just four. Neighbouring city rivals Fürth - just six miles to the west - then signed him a year later. An out-and-out midfielder in his early days, Raum rose through the ranks quickly. He scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists in his final full season with the club's U19s.
By the end of the 2016/17 season, Raum was part of Greuther's first-team squad and made five appearances from left midfield. That number became 20 the following campaign while he was tested in several positions such as left midfield, right midfield, left-back and even centre-forward. By the start of 2019/20, his third full season in Bundesliga 2, he was settled on the left side for Fürth. In 2020/21, Raum took the league apart. He scored just once but assisted a league-high 15 times to help push Fürth to promotion on the final day.
Several Bundesliga clubs showed interest as a result, and Raum signed on the dotted line with Hoffenheim ahead of the 2021/22 season. His first top-flight assist came in the 3-1 victory against Wolfsburg on week six and - having featured in 32 of TSG's 34 Bundesliga matches - Raum ended the season on 11 assists and three league goals. Just four players collected more provisions league-wide in 2021/22 and he eventually earned a move to Leipzig, penning a five-year deal at the club just one week before the start of the 2022/23 Bundesliga campaign.
Raum also featured in each of the Germany U21 team's games on their way to the European Championship title in the summer of 2021, as well as playing every minute of Germany's campaign at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He then earned his senior international debut with a seven-minute cameo in Germany's 6-0 dismissal of Armenia in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Starts away to North Macedonia and Armenia also followed as Germany topped Group J to qualify.
Watch: Raum stars in Hoffenheim's 2-1 win over Freiburg
Plays a bit like: David Alaba
Raum's versatility in the positions he has played and - at left-back and central midfield especially - the positions he is used to playing has an air of David Alaba about it. The majority of Raum's assists in his final Bundesliga 2 campaign with Fürth were from passes rather than crosses, as may have been expected from his left wing-back position.
That midfield past means that Raum is very comfortable on the ball and has the smarts to know when to come inside or when to race down the flank. He possesses the vision to both find his attacking teammates within tight spaces as well as with crosses. Raum is also an aggressive attacking player, using his speed and strength to take on opposition full backs.
Did you know?
Raum was one of only three players to represent both Germany's U21 side at the European Championships in 2021 and the Olympic Games in Japan which followed directly after. The others were Amos Pieper of Arminia Bielefeld and Arne Maier of Augsburg. In total, Raum made 46 appearances across the 2020/21 season.
What they're saying
"David is a highly talented and extremely fast player with a strong left foot who has developed into one of the most sought-after full-backs in Germany thanks to his outstanding performance this season." - Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen on Raum's 2021/22 campaign
"Once you've earned that kind of promotion, you soak it up. And when you can play for your own country, that's motivation enough, also because you've seen how much support came from Germany fans. It's not difficult to run yourself into the ground for 120 minutes." - Raum on playing for Germany at the Olympics.
"He handles everything very well. David Raum is a boy who has kept his feet on the ground with a great attitude. A very fine guy, with his heart in the right place." - Former Hoffenheim coach Sebastian Hoeneß
"[Leipzig] made a lot of effort to bring me here and the discussions with head coach Domenico Tedesco, the club management and sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff quickly convinced me that coming to Leipzig is absolutely the right step for me." - Raum after signing with Die Roten Bullen
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