Reigning Austrian champions and coming off an excellent 2021/2022 season, Matthias Jaissle’s Red Bull Salzburg intend to continue to grow while developing the talents of tomorrow. Already last year we took stock of the five main promises of the Austrian club. Among them, Karim Adeyemi and Brenden Aaronson shone in particular and joined Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United. Luka Sučić and Benjamin Šeško also had a very good season and the latter was already recruited for the 2023/2024 season by RB Leipzig. Before facing AC Milan this Tuesday night at 9 pm (meeting to continue our live commentary), this is an opportunity to return to the greatest potential of the Winged Bulls. We will not mention the young and talented Swiss defender Bryan Okoh (19) still injured with the cruciate ligaments until December, nor Justin Omoregie (18) also on the wing until the end of October.
Up-and-coming Mamady Diambou (19), Lucas Gourna-Douath (19), Roko Šimić (18), Samson Baidoo (18) still lack playing time, but they will be able to shine in the future. Incumbent, Bosnian winger Amar Dedić (20 years old) has interesting potential as does his competitor Ignace Van der Brempt (20 years old) currently injured. Junior Adamu, very good at the end of last season and top scorer against Bayern Munich (21), played little and will also be one to watch. Sentinel Nicolas Seiwald (21) is already a coach and could have been thoroughly discussed, he who presents himself as the proud successor of Konrad Laimer and Xaver Schlager in the Salzburg robe. However, these five players aged 21 and under will be the main talents to watch from the Austrian line-up: Luka Sučić, Maurits Kjærgaard, Benjamin Šeško, Strahinja Pavlović and Dijon Kameri.
Luka Sučić (19 years old/Croatia)
Nice surprise last season and now a Croatian international, Luka Sučić had a great year with Salzburg (11 goals and 5 offers in 44 games) where he led the team in the second half of the season being decisive. A midfielder overflowing with activation and a good shot from distance, the native of Linz is already of interest to teams like Liverpool and AC Milan. Replaced everything was found by Dominik Szoboszlai and a great admirer of his compatriot Luka Modric, who already intends to confirm with the Austrian formation where he will have more responsibilities in the leadership. “FC Red Bull Salzburg is currently the best club for me. I have been playing here for so many years, I went through the academy and FC Liefering and I was able to learn a lot. Now I am playing my second season in the Champions League, which means I can play at a very high level.”said in particular. With a contract until June 2025 and maturing, he aims for the 2022 World Cup with his team next November, where he can also be a pleasant surprise for the team.
Benjamin Šeško (19 years old/Slovenia)
If Luka Sučić will perhaps spend his last season in Salzburg, for Benjamin Šeško it is already over. The Slovenian striker has already signed for RB Leipzig for the 2023/2024 financial year and will remain in the Red Bull environment. A smart choice for a player who has yet to confirm. Last season he had shown great things (11 goals and 7 offerings in 37 games), but he lacked regularity in his performances. Capable of doing better in terms of efficiency, he started as a true starter this season with 3 goals and 3 offers in 9 games. Staying one more season to improve before moving on to the next level, the Slovenian striker has already marked the Champions League as the ideal garden to splash Europe with his talent.
Maurits Kjærgaard (19 years old/Denmark)
Danish international hopeful, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder must make up for Brenden Aaronson’s summer departure from Leeds United. Revealed with Matthias Jaissle when the latter coached FC Liefering in the Austrian D2 (3 goals and 9 offers in 29 games), this very elegant large size (1.92m) played a joker role last season (26 games, 4 goals and 4 offers for only 8 tenures). Already well integrated into the eleven (6 starts in 8 games, 2 goals and 1 offer), he has a good shot from distance and a much greater physical impact than during the previous year. In full evolution, the ex of Lyngby has just extended until 2026 and his progress within the Austrian club is appreciated. “Mau has developed very well over the last season, getting better and better and better utilizing his immense potential. But since we are convinced that there is still a lot to do, we look forward to this long-term contract extension. I am sure that Mau will play a very important role in our team this year.”stressed on this occasion the sports director Christoph Freund.
Strahinja Pavlović (21 years old/Serbia)
A slightly better-known confrontation in France, that of Strahinja Pavlović was, however, little seen in the fields of Ligue 1. Arrived in the winter of 2020 from Partizan for 10 million euros in Monaco, the Serbian center-back played little with the asemistas ( 12 games) while his loans to Cercle Brugge and Basel were interesting. On the Salzburg side, he is not yet a real starter as he is preceded by Maximilian Wöber and Oumar Solet in the hierarchy. However, he has an interesting card to play. Arriving for 7 million euros and wanting to play the 2022 World Cup with Serbia, Strahinja Pavlović has already made 5 appearances and has even scored a goal for the Austrian national team. His aggressiveness and power in duels as well as his already high experience for a young element make him a very interesting option for Matthias Jaissle and Salzburg this season.
Dijon Kameri (18 years old/Austria)
I bet to take but it could be a winner, Dijon Kameri is an unlucky finalist of the last Youth League against Benfica (5-0). However, putting on a good tournament, the Kosovar-born Austrian is part of the promising generation made up of Justin Omoregie, Roko Šimić, Bryan Okoh and Lukas Wallner. Regaining a role as a substitute of choice, the attacking midfielder has already done well, alternating between the A team and Liefering who play in the second division, scoring 2 goals and turning in a bid in 4 games with the professionals. Scorer against Lustenau (6-0), he received praise from Matthias Jaissle after his first achievement: “Now he’s rewarding himself for his efforts, it’s fun to watch the boy.” It’s up to him to confirm his good start to try to shake the hierarchy. The potential is in any case very interesting.
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