Emil Forsberg won the first Twitter Poll to discuss the Bundesliga’s Hidden Gems on Football Index. The RB Leipzig attacking midfielder beat competition from Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Ramy Bensebaini, Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Can, and Bayern Munich’s on-loan full-back Alvaro Odriozola.
Forsberg found his 2018-19 season hampered by a groin strain, playing just 29 games across all competitions but has remained fit for the majority of the current campaign and has already played 27 times for Julian Nagelsmann, including eight appearances in the Champions League.
The Sweden international has been at his best in Europe, and despite playing just 10 minutes against Tottenham Hotspur over two legs in the knockout stage, scored to help Leipzig advance to the quarter-finals and net his fourth goal of the tournament so far.
Forsberg has been used in a variety of positions including as a false nine partnering Timo Werner against Benfica, where he scored twice in November. He started 2020 with an illness, so played no part in Leipzig’s opening game of the Rückrunde, but started both of their last two games before the league was suspended indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite not being a guaranteed starter for the Red Bulls, he has already set a personal best of 10 goals in all competitions this season. That is even a better return than he had during a campaign in the 2 Bundesliga back in 2015-16.
Now 28, Forsberg is in his prime and with that comes a lot of transfer speculation. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are one of the teams most heavily linked, while Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, and Manchester United have been reported as possible destinations.
Forsberg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya has even discussed the Spurs interest in public, telling Swedish newspaper Expressen: “It’s nothing that surprises me at all. Mourinho is a great legend who has worked with Victor Lindelöf as well.
“Together with Victor, Forsberg is the biggest star in the national team and has caused total chaos in Leipzig. I’m not surprised. I can say this: everyone will soon see what will happen to Emil Forsberg.”
While that may seem like agent talk, Forsberg has also fueled the speculation by discussing a possible Leipzig exit. He is desperate to play regular football and knows he may have to leave Germany to get it.
“It’s not going well,” Forsberg told Bild. “I don’t have to prove myself anymore. I have a contract, but everyone knows that I dream of playing in another league again.”
Interest in the attacking midfielder is sure to be high once the transfer window opens, as he could be available at an affordable price with Leipzig having signed Spain international Dani Olmo in January.
When he plays for RB Leipzig, he usually makes an impact – whoever signs him this summer could get themselves a bargain.