Youssoufa Moukoko is the captain of the Borussia Dortmund U19 squad despite only being 15. - © imago images
Youssoufa Moukoko is the captain of the Borussia Dortmund U19 squad despite only being 15. - © imago images

Yousssoufa Moukoko scores third successive hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund's U19s

Borussia Dortmund's Youssoufa Moukoko is preparing for his potential first-team call-up when he turns 16 on 20 November in record style, scoring at least a hat-trick in each of his U19 appearances so far in 2020/21.

The Cameroon-born Germany youth international has been trailblazing his way through the ranks at Dortmund's academy. His progress with die Schwarzgelben in his four years with the club since a move from St. Pauli has been monumental.

Moukoko first played with BVB's U17s aged 13, their U19s aged 14, and, after a total of 127 goals and 26 assists in just 84 appearances in all competitions for the club at youth level, was promoted to first-team training in January, some 11 months before his 16th birthday.

Now, following on from his 34-goal debut campaign with the U19s - in just 20 league appearances - Moukoko has set himself a new standard at the start of 2020/21.

Captaining the side at just 15 years of age, Moukoko has made four appearances in all competitions and scored at least a hat-trick in each of those games - just 360 minutes of football played and 13 goals scored at a rate of a goal every 28 minutes.

A hat-trick against Preußen Münster, three more in the DFB Youth Cup win over Wehen Wiesbaden, another hat-trick in the Revierderby win over Schalke and now four goals in a rout against Rot-Weiß Essen.

"Moukoko's much better than I was at his age. I've never seen such a good 15-year-old in my life," said Dortmund's free-scoring senior player Erling Haaland, having trained alongside Moukoko in BVB's pre-season camp in Switzerland.

"The advantage for him is that he's already playing for Dortmund at the age of 15. At his age, I was still playing for my home town of Bryne."

Moukoko has two league fixtures to play for the U19s before his 16th birthday in just 27 days time. It could already be the final games he plays at youth level with a first-team berth beckoning.