BERLIN (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund may turn to teenage striker Youssoufa Moukoko in a bid to boost their flagging attack, as they look to get back on track in the race for Champions League qualification.
The 16-year-old, the youngest player in Bundesliga history, could start at home against Hoffenheim after coming on to score in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Freiburg.
“Youssoufa looked dangerous in front of goal, he is definitely an option,” said Dortmund coach Edin Terzic.
Dortmund, who visit Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 next week, dropped to sixth in the Bundesliga, four points off the top four, after losing three of their last four league games.
Terzic made it clear he expects more from his stars Erling Braut Haaland, who failed to score in his last two games, captain Marco Reus and England winger Jadon Sancho.
With leaders Bayern Munich playing on Monday due to the Club World Cup in Qatar, second-placed RB Leipzig can trim the seven-point gap in the table at home to Augsburg.
Eintracht Frankfurt are dreaming of the Champions League next season after surging up the table to fourth by dropping just four points in nine league games.
“I get goosebumps when I think about what’s going on here in Frankfurt,” said Swiss midfielder Djibril Sow.
Frankfurt striker Andre Silva, who has netted 17 league goals this season, emerged as the closest rival to the league’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski in the goalscoring charts.
Wolfsburg are also dreaming of Europe after four straight wins carried them to third before Monday’s home match against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Towering Dutch striker Wout Weghorst has netted 14 goals this season.
One to watch: Demarai Gray
The former England Under-21 winger scored just 10 minutes into his Bundesliga debut and Gray has impressed new club Bayer Leverkusen after struggling to get game time at Leicester City.
He scored with one of his three shots in 16 minutes off the bench in Leverkusen’s 5-2 thrashing of Stuttgart last weekend.
Gray, 24, made 133 appearances in the Premier League for the Foxes and can expect another opportunity to impress against strugglers Mainz.
“He has a good shot, good speed, good technique. He brings a lot of things,” said Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes.