Niklas Sule is a name worth remembering and one that could become a permanent fixture on Germany team sheets in the coming years. Sule's stature and timing mean he is aerially dominant and one of the Bundesliga’s toughest tacklers, and the 21-year-old is also incredibly adept with the ball at his feet.
After beginning his career at Eintracht Frankfurt and Darmstadt, the Frankfurt native joined Hoffenheim at the age of 14, where he made his Bundesliga debut in May 2013. Since then he has amassed more than 100 top-flight appearances despite spending a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Sule represented his country at almost every youth level and played in all six matches at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, where Germany won the silver medal after losing on penalties to hosts Brazil in the final.
Record German champions Bayern Munich have enlisted the centre-back’s services for the coming season. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Sule said. “I would not have made the move if I wasn’t convinced that I will succeed. I want to take the next step in my career there, training on a daily basis with the best players in the world. I’m only 21 and can still learn and soak up so many things from World Cup-winning duo [Mats] Hummels and [Jerome] Boateng so that I continue to improve."