Not even a year has passed since Erik Durm made his Bundesliga debut, yet now the Borussia Dortmund striker-turned-full-back is now one of the 23 names in the final Germany squad for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The 22-year-old is without doubt one of the biggest discoveries of the season.
Thanks to his speed and tackling ability, as well as a remarkable understanding of the game, Durm has emerged as an attractive option for national team coach Joachim Low, available to fill in on either the right or left side of the back four.
After transferring from 1. FC Saarbrucken to 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the age of 18, Durm impressed enough to be picked to represent his country at youth level, before signing for Dortmund in time for the 2012/13 season. He was restricted to appearing for the U-23 side in his first year at BVB, but when first-team left-back Marcel Schmelzer was ruled out with injury, Durm was presented with an opportunity to stake his claim in the senior side, and he has not looked back since.
Debuting away to FC Augsburg on the opening day of the 2013/14 campaign, Durm has gone on to make 19 Bundesliga appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s team as well as seven in the UEFA Champions League, where he more than held his own against some of Europe’s top wingers, such as Gareth Bale and Angel di Maria. Repeating those performances against the world’s best in Brazil will be his biggest test yet, but Durm will no doubt be up for the challenge.