He's quick, his skills are slick and for Javairo Dilrosun 2018/19 is set to be the season he explodes onto the big time as Hertha Berlin's newest teen sensation gets ready to electrify the Bundesliga.
1. Surinam background, street football skills
bundesliga.com presents five need-to-know details about Hertha's future star ...
Amsterdam born and of Surinamese descent. These words alone are enough to cause a case of the goosebumps. Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert. We're not putting any pressure on Javairo, but we just can't help ourselves in pointing out some of those who boast a similar background to Hertha's new Dutch wing delight.
2. Youth star ready for lift off
"I’m from Amsterdam and I played a lot of street football. I learned a lot of my skills on the streets which I took into my time with Ajax and developed further," Dilrosun told Hertha's official website. This boy's got pace, can play on either flank, and doesn't mind playing a central role behind the striker if asked to; what's not to like?
A product of the Ajax youth academy - where he spent eight of his formative years - Dilrosun made the switch to Manchester City in 2016. Promoted to the Under-23 team at the Citizens, the 19-year-old provided five assists in his latest 12 Premier League 2 games. Having risen through every youth category with the Netherlands, starting at Under-15, the left-footed speedster is currently representing the Under-20s. In all, Dilrosun has played 45 times and scored 15 goals on his journey through the Dutch ranks.
3. Hertha, the envy of Europe
The big names across the continent were reportedly keen on snapping up the soon to be out of contract Dilrosun. It has been suggested that European giants like Juventus, Benfica and Liverpool, to name a few, put the feelers out for the talented teenager, who opted for Hertha. "We've been watching him for a long time and followed his development closely," said the capital club's general manager, Michael Preetz.
4. Dutch teammate and Bundesliga fan
"He's enjoyed a terrific tactical and technical education at Ajax and Man City and is a quick and excellent player. We're delighted to have acquired his signature over a number of notable clubs and that he has chosen to come and prove himself at Hertha,” Preetz added.
We've already mentioned that Dilrosun is a youth international - indeed he was a semi-finalist at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship last summer - and now you know that the winger will join up with a compatriot at Hertha. Central defender Karim Rekik joined the Berliners from Marseille and has played a big part in the club's 2017/18 campaign.
Javairo is also a Bundesliga fan, saying, "I follow the Bundesliga and I understand that it’s one of the very best. I believe that Germany is a great place for young players like myself to grow. The Olympiastadion is an amazing stadium and it will definitely be cool to play there. I’m here to shine!"
5. Kills it on Playstation!
We know most players like to test their skills on the consoles when not training or playing, but how about this for confidence from the young Dutchman? "I don’t think anyone can beat me at FIFA. No-one." Wow! We're impressed. But surely that's a challenge laid down to Hertha's Playstation wizards? "I don’t even think that Hertha’s eSports players stand a chance against me," Dilrosun claimed. Oh it's on now! Welcome to the Bundesliga, Javairo Dilrosun!