When discussing the depth of young German talent, the name Mahmoud Dahoud is invariably among the first few mentioned. Easy-going and reserved off the pitch, Dahoud is assertive and omnipresent on it, making noise on the field rather than off it.
Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has called his young jewel “a classic street footballer, who only wants to play football. He wants nothing to do with all the ‘ballyhoo.’”
Despite his young age, the Syrian-born German is already wrapping up his second full season as a regular for one of the Bundesliga’s most competitive clubs. In 2015/16, Dahoud made a name for himself through high-energy performances in which he simply outworked the competition. By the season’s end, he had averaged 12.55 kilometres per match; only Hertha BSC’s Vladimir Darida and Tolga Cigerci had run more.
In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper, Dahoud credited his Syrian roots for his stubbornness and his German upbringing for his work ethic. "Even a single day without training is one too many for me," says the self-confessed perfectionist. "I'm never quite satisfied with myself."