There's a reason why Aymen Barkok has been compared to Jay-Jay Okocha - but can promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf unlock the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder's undeniable talent in 2018/19? delves deeper as Barkok prepares for a make-or-break campaign on loan in Germany's fashion capital...

Aymen Barkok

Age: 20
Position: Attacking midfielder
Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Country: Germany

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Since coming off the Frankfurt bench to score a debut goal in a Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen in November 2016, Barkok has made a further 26 top-flight appearances. He produced a goal and assist on his fifth Bundesliga outing - another cameo from the bench - and was provider once more against Borussia Mönchengladbach late in 2016/17 and in January 2018. The 5'9" midfielder played 45 minutes of Frankfurt's DFB Cup-winning campaign, but was not in the squad for the final against Bayern Munich. He joins Düsseldorf having made 11 senior starts in all club competitions.

*Translation: A new face in the Fortuna dressing room. Welcome, Aymen Barkok!

Plays a bit like: Jay-Jay Okocha

Barkok has been likened to Frankfurt legend Jay-Jay Okocha on account of his quick feet and trickery in the final third. Like Okocha, he also boasts a keen eye for a pass.

Did you know?

Barkok is of Moroccan descent, but was born and raised in Frankfurt. The former Kickers Offenbach youth player, who was picked up by the Eagles at 15, has represented Germany at U16 right through to U21 level.

Barkok (r.) was 18 when he broke onto the scene with Frankfurt late in 2016. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin

What they're saying

"He's a dream footballer, a great guy. If you look at his qualities, it's fair to say Frankfurt have a gem in their ranks." - former Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac

"My hero was Zinedine Zidane. I cheered him on when I was just eight years old, and I still watch clips of him today." - Barkok

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