6 British talents Ralf Rangnick unearthed as Man Utd look to utilise his expertise

Joe Gomez spent one season in Charlton's first team before joining Liverpool in 2015


Defender Joe Gomez has blossomed into a regular squad player for Liverpool and England, despite injuries in recent years.

Prior to joining the Reds in 2015, he had enjoyed a breakthrough season at Charlton in the second tier when he was aged just 17 – and was on Rangnick’s scouting list at RB Leipzig.

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The England Under-19 international had always appeared likely to have a bright future but that he was on Rangnick’s radar was illustrative of his depth of knowledge of English football.

Callum Wilson

Future England international Callum Wilson starred for Coventry in League One
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Another lower league player who caught Rangnick’s eye to since go on to star in the Premier League and win England caps.

Wilson’s 22 goals for Coventry City in League One in 2013-14 made him stand out to the German, before the striker subsequently earned moves to Bournemouth and Newcastle respectively.

One of the Premier League’s most gifted strikers, his career has been derailed somewhat by injury issues but his talent and potential were never in doubt.

Ademola Lookman

Lookman impressed for Charlton before joining Everton
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As with Gomez, Ademola Lookman was a breakthrough England youth international who impressed at Charlton Athletic – putting him on Rangnick’s watch list.

Lookman also moved to Merseyside but to the blue half of the city, although he only made 48 appearances for Everton.

After a successful loan spell at RB Leizpig where he scored five goals in 11 appearances, he joined the club permanently in 2019 but has subsequently returned to the Premier League with loan stints at Fulham and Leicester City.

Oliver Burke

Oliver Burke burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest in 2016
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A breakout star in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, RB Leipzig paid £13million to sign Scottish winger Burke in the summer of 2016.

It was a transfer record for a Scottish player and despite Burke’s teenage years, he made an instant Bundesliga impact – providing an assist to Naby Keita on his debut before scoring his first goal in a league match 15 days later.

His time in Germany petered out – only 23 games and no more goals followed – as Leipzig’s coaches questioned his tactical awareness, despite his physical and technical attributes.

Ethan Ampadu

Ampadu starred for Chelsea youth teams
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Another teenage recruited by Rangnick, Ampadu had featured sparingly for Chelsea prior to his switch to Leipzig in 2019.

He played a small role in their run to the last four of the Champions League that campaign, but only enjoyed a run of first-team football thereafter at Sheffield United and now, at Venezia.

With 29 Wales caps and a regular in Serie A, he is another youth talent that Rangnick saw the potential in from an early age.

Emile Smith-Rowe

Smith-Rowe's loan stint at Leipzig was disrupted by injuries
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Now a star with Arsenal, Smith-Rowe’s talents were first recognised by RB Leipzig – who signed him on loan before he had made his Premier League debut for the Gunners.

Smith-Rowe’s time in Germany was disrupted by a groin injury which limited him to just 28 minutes of action spread across three substitute appearances.

Despite his lack of first-team action, that Rangnick’s team identified his talent at such an early stage shows his eye for a player.