Didi Hamann has praised Bayer Leverkusen youngster Florian Wirtz, stating that he hasn't seen a "better central midfielder at his age in decades".
The 18-year-old established himself as a first-team regular at Bayer Leverkusen last season following the departure of Kai Havertz to Chelsea. Wirtz has taken another leap in his development with a stunning start to the 2021/22 campaign, having amassed six goals and five assists in eight matches.
Europe's biggest clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, have begun scouting Wirtz, who has already won three caps for Die Mannschaft.
And former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Hamann has provided an emphatic assessment of the Bundesliga's newest star.
"He's a brilliant player, a different player to [Kai] Havertz, but he's playing very well so far for Leverkusen," Hamann told TribalFootball.com, on behalf of FreeSuperTips.
"The only thing he lacks is a yard of pace, but I think he makes up for it with the positions he takes up. He's stepped up so far, you can see he's a leader in this team with his performances in the early weeks of the season. I don't think I've seen a better central midfielder at his age in decades, that's how good I think he is."