The Irishman in the Bundesliga

With the Bundesliga in Germany returning this weekend. I thought of any Irish players that could be involved. Naturally enough there’s not too many. However, there is one who goes by the name of Conor Noss. 

The attacking midfielder is highly rated at the Borussia Monchengladbach, having featured regularly for their reserve side who reside in the fourth tier. The 19 year old is yet to play in the German clubs first team but has featured on the bench earlier this season, in both the domestic and European competition. 

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 02: Conor Noß of Borussia Moenchengladbach in action during a Training session ahead the UEFA Europa League Group J match between Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu on October 02, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach via Getty Images)

He appears to be part of the club’s future plans having been one of seven young players who signed a contract extension last December. “We are pleased that all these guys want to continue on the path we have chosen,” said Roland Virkus, the club’s youth director. “All seven players are great talents that we want to develop further in the coming years.” 

Despite being born in Germany, Conor is eligible to play for Ireland. Ireland U19 manager Tom Mohan gave him his first call up last year. Mohan told FAI TV the reasoning behind this decision, saying “he is technically a very good player. He’s doing very well in Germany and we’re excited by him.” He showed all his qualities during his debut in a friendly last October before going on to play in all three of Ireland’s U19 Euro qualifying games the following month.  

Sligo , Ireland – 11 October 2019; Conor Noß of Republic of Ireland during the Under-19 International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at The Showgrounds in Sligo. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It’s hard to know exactly if the number 10 will see first team club action anytime soon. Monchengladbach are just 6 points off top spot and on course to qualify for next seasons Champions League. Experience will be vital should they want success this season. However, a new FIFA rule allowing up to 5 substitutions could work in his favour. Rotation is likely to be keen as German football will want to finish things as soon as possible. With little or no football on elsewhere, it would be brilliant to see someone of Irish blood appear in the Bundesliga over the coming weeks.

From an Irish point of view, this could be a chance to see a technically brilliant player wear the Irish jersey sometime in the future. It’s the type of player we seem to lack. Germany may be an attractive country for him to play but we have to hope he continues to play with the Boys in Green and that he does not become another underage player to change allegiance.