Step by step. Seven players from RB Leipzig’s Career Center are continuing their development on loan at clubs both in Germany and around the world. Kicked off in 2020, the loan development program seeks to support youth players in the best possible way as they make the jump from youth teams to professional football. Whilst Tom Krauß, Dennis Borkowski and Fabrice Hartmann are all making their way in Germany’s second tier, Tim Schreiber is playing in the 3. Liga, Eric Martel and Noah Ohio are playing in Austria and Frederik Jäkel is on loan in Belgium. How have the youngsters been doing?
Recruiting Specialist & Talent Development:
"In general, we’re very satisfied with our on-loan youth players. The lads have settled into their respective clubs well and are getting the high-level match minutes and training which we want them to have. Tom Krauß, Eric Martel and Frederik Jäkel are all absolute key players at their clubs, and have all been nominated for the German U21 national team as a result, making appearances too. That’s a great marker for the lads’ development, not just for them personally but also for us as a club.
Tim Schreiber has played 10 full games in the 3. Liga and is in an intriguing competition for places with the two other goalkeepers at Hallescher FC. Noah Ohio and Dennis Borkowski are both getting those important regular minutes in a professional setting and Fabrice Hartmann is getting back to his best following a long injury break. We’re in constant discussion with the players and are seeing nothing but positive development on all sides.”
Eric Martel and Noah Ohio (Austria Wien)
After moving to Vienna in January of 2021, Eric Martel quickly advanced into being a key player and one of the top performers at the club. This season, the defensive midfielder has been an ever-present in the starting XI of the “Veilchen”, starting all 22 games and only being substituted twice. He has also scored two goals and assisted a further three. Martel’s strong performances have garnered recognition from Germany U21 coach Antonio Di Salvo, who gave the 19-year-old the chance to celebrate his debut for the national youth team in November.
Noah Ohio joined Martel in Vienna in the summer, and has made 17 appearances for the first team. Used predominantly off the bench, the 18-year-old has found the net three times and set a further one up.
Tom Krauß and Dennis Borkowski (1. FC Nürnberg)
Now in his second season at 1. FC Nürnberg, Tom Krauß has cemented his place as a key player, the 20-year-old central midfielder only finding himself out of the starting XI three times this season in all competitions. He has also notched a single goal and assist so far, making his debut for the German U21 national team in September. Krauß has played a key role in bringing FCN level on points with Hamburger SV this season, only outside the promotion playoff place on goal difference.
Dennis Borkowski made the move to Bavaria in last season’s winter break, the 19-year-old attacker predominantly being used as a substitute at the minute. He assisted his first goal this season on matchday 14, being called up to the Germany U20 team and celebrating his debut in September.
We’re in constant discussion with the players and are seeing nothing but positive development on all sides.
Frederik Jäkel (KV Oostende)
Like Krauß, Frederik Jäkel is in his second full season for KV Oostende in the Jupiler Pro League. The 20-year-old has made a step up in his development this season, playing 13 times for the side from west Flanders, all from the start. A central defender, he has scored two goals this season and set a further one up. In November, he was selected for the German U21 team for the first time.
Fabrice Hartmann (SC Paderborn 07)
Whilst Fabrice Hartmann has not been an ever-present in the Paderborn squad this season, the attacker’s loan extends until 2023. He has made two substitute appearance this season for SCP, who currently sit in 9th position in the 2. Bundesliga, just three points away from the promotion places.
Tim Schreiber (Hallescher FC)
Tim Schreiber, who has been at Hallescher FC since last winter, has had an eventful time over the last year. The 19-year-old goalkeeper started his time at the club as the number 1, but after three games had to take his place behind Sven Müller in the goalkeeping hierarchy. At the moment, Daniel Mesenhöler, who has 2. Bundesliga experience, has taken over between the sticks since joining at the end of September.