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Brentford FC’s Vitaly Janelt is playing under the radar in the Premier League

Status: 27/12/2022 11:48

A knock on The day after Christmas the premier league brought Vitaly Janelt to the headlines. FC man Brentford plays under the radar in England, but is definitely a candidate for the German national team.

From The day after Christmas is in english premier league a very special thing. Entire families are almost magically drawn from the dining table to the football stadium on Boxing Day.

The traditional match day is a highlight of the season calendar. Winning tastes better at Christmas, and so does scoring goals. A young German player had the privilege of scoring the first goal on Boxing Day this year. Vitaly Janelt scored for FC Brentford against Tottenham Hotspur already after 15 minutes at 1:0. In the end it was 2:2.

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From Bochum to the Premier League

For most German fans, the Hamburg native plays under the radar in England. This may be because he hasn’t played a Bundesliga game yet. The 24-year-old from Hamburg trained at HSV and RB Leipzig as a youth. From there he was loaned to VfL Bochum in January 2017 and fully joined the western club in the second Bundesliga in the summer of 2018. In October 2020 we moved to FC Brentford in English Championshipthe second division of the island.

Under head coach Thomas Frank, Janelt played in defensive midfield and made 41 league appearances in his debut season, mostly in the starting XI. He finished third with the west London club and rose above the playoffs in the Premier League. In April 2022, he extended his contract in advance until 2026.

Regular player with the “Bees”

Janelt is also in the top league “the bees” essential. In his first year he made 31 league appearances (four goals) and helped keep Brentford in class as a rookie. He has played 16 games this season and the goal against Tottenham was his second goal of the season.

In defensive midfield, the left foot has outstanding dueling values. Again and again he intercepts balls and launches attacks with deep runs. Janelt can also be used variably, against Tottenham he played in eighth position. After 17 matchdays, he and his team are in a brilliant position – 20 points currently means tenth place.

Skyrocketing market value

Janelt was good business for Brentford at the time. He moved to the island for 600,000 euros, experts now see his market value at 16 million euros, more than 26 times more.

European U21 Champion 2021

When it comes to the German national team, Janelt has come through all the youth teams. He also played ten games for the U21s under coach Stefan Kuntz and was at the 2021 European Championship, where Germany won the title. He was substituted four times during the tournament. By the way, Vitaly is called Janelt, because his parents have a preference for names with a V. His brothers are called Vincent, Victor and Vitus.

sin of youth in albania

Meanwhile, his career was on the brink. During a training camp for Germany’s U19s in Albania, Janelt and a teammate set fire to their hotel room while smoking shisha. The duo had to return home at their own expense. Janelt then flew out of RB Leipzig youth boarding school, where he was under contract at the time.

A man for the national team

But that’s all in the past, and national coach Hansi Flick sees it that way. In any case, Janelt would have been on Flick’s list of 55 XXL players for the World Cup in Qatar.

In the German national team, the defensive and central midfielder is occupied by Joshua Kommich, Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gündogan. The contenders for a free place are Julian Weigl, Emre Can, Maximilian Arnold and Anton Stach.

But also Vitaly Janelt. If he continues to assert himself in a strong championship like the Premier League, he is definitely a candidate for a place in the team for the European Championship in his own country in two years.

Happy with Flick visits

In any case, Flick has already traveled to England to see Janelt in action. He remains humble at first. “Of course it’s good when he’s just there and watching, even though I haven’t gotten a call yet. But I’m not stressing at all.”he said before the World Cup in an interview with “Sky”: “I just have to prove every week here in Brentford why I deserve it and that’s my job. I always say it would be a good bonus and when it does I’m very happy. Until it happens I have to do my best here every week to make the decision as difficult as possible for him.”

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