He’s not just the man of the moment in the Lower Rhine!
In the current Bundesliga season there are numerous players who make headlines every week with their best performances. Harry Kane (30) and Serhou Guirassy (27) certainly stand out to date.
Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrates the development of Rocco Reitz
At Borussia Mönchengladbach there is also a player whose story makes the hearts of football fans beat faster, but not because of his XXL goal tally.
Rocco Reitz (21) is currently showing how a player who has had a difficult path in recent seasons can suddenly become a shooting star and not just in the spotlight in the Lower Rhine.
The 21-year-old has received plenty of praise from observers across the country; His first Bundesliga goal in the 4-0 win against VfL Wolfsburg last Friday (November 10, 2023) was another of his highlights.
Now the Duisburg native faces the next milestone! In October he was called up to the DFB under-21 team, but was ultimately not in the squad on the day of the match.
This is likely to change during this international break: firstly, he was already in the original team this time, a step further. Of course, Reitz now longs for his debut and, therefore, his first game in the DFB jersey since the under-16 level.
As if Reitz wasn’t already in the spotlight at the moment, national under-21 coach Antonio di Salvo (44) received high praise on Monday (November 13).
The former Bundesliga striker warmly values his protégé and the development behind him. “Rocco was there for the first time and fit in very well, even though he wasn’t in the playing team. His development is progressing, since then he has started every game at the club and has shown very good performances,” di Salvo said at a press conference at the start of the DFB season.
The 44-year-old continued: “I am impressed by a player who always wants to have the ball, who is not afraid of being played in difficult situations and who has also rewarded himself with his first goal in the Bundesliga. He also did it in a very cool and heartbreaking way.”
The buzz about Reitz is slowly spreading. Naturally, this is a great sign for everyone working in the Lower Rhine. Reitz has worked hard over the past two or three years to improve his physical performance; This is clearly seen week after week.
Gerardo Seoane (45) and Roland Virkus (56) gave him the necessary confidence. But when a DFB official publicly praises a talent like this, it causes a stir both nationally and internationally.
There are no signs that Reitz is looking at offers from other clubs. After all, he has been a member of Borussia since his birth, he was a former season ticket holder and, by today’s professional standards, probably has the greatest possible identification with the club.
For Reitz, the focus will now be on being able to shine on the field not only with Seoane, but also with his “new” coach Di Salvo. On Friday (November 17, 6:00 p.m.) the U21s will face Estonia and then Poland on November 21 (6:00 p.m.).