Reigning Austrian champion and emerging from an excellent 2021/2022 season, Matthias Jaissle’s Red Bull Salzburg intends to continue to grow while developing the talents of tomorrow. Already last year, we took stock of the five main promises of the Austrian club. Among them, Karim Adeyemi and Brenden Aaronson particularly shone and joined Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United. Luka Sučić and Benjamin Šeško also had a very good season and the latter has already been recruited for the 2023/2024 season by RB Leipzig. Before facing AC Milan this Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. (meeting to follow on our live commentary), this is an opportunity to come back to the greatest potential of the Winged Bulls. We will not mention the young and talented Swiss defender Bryan Okoh (19) still injured with cruciate ligaments until December, nor Justin Omoregie (18) also on the flank until the end of October.
Promising Mamady Diambou (19), Lucas Gourna-Douath (19), Roko Šimić (18), Samson Baidoo (18) still lack playing time, but will be able to shine in the future. Holder, the Bosnian side Amar Dedić (20 years old) has an interesting potential just like his competitor Ignace Van der Brempt (20 years old) currently injured. Junior Adamu, very good at the end of last season and scorer against Bayern Munich (21), played little and will also be one to watch. Sentinel Nicolas Seiwald (21) is already a manager and could have been discussed in great depth, he who presents himself as the proud successor of Konrad Laimer and Xaver Schlager in the tunic of Salzburg. However, these five elements aged 21 or under will be the main talents to watch from the Austrian formation: Luka Sučić, Maurits Kjærgaard, Benjamin Šeško, Strahinja Pavlović and Dijon Kameri.
Luka Sučić (19 years old/Croatia)
A nice surprise last season and now a Croatian international, Luka Sučić had a great exercise for Salzburg (11 goals and 5 offers in 44 matches) where he carried the team in the second half of the season by being decisive. Midfielder overflowing with activating and having a good strike from afar, the native of Linz is already of interest to teams like Liverpool and AC Milan. Replaced all found Dominik Szoboszlai and great admirer of his compatriot Luka Modric, he already intends to confirm with the Austrian team where he will have more leadership responsibilities. “FC Red Bull Salzburg is currently the best club for me. I’ve been playing here for so many years, I went through the academy and FC Liefering and I was able to learn a lot. Now I’m playing my second season in the Champions League, which means I can play at a very high level.”, he said in particular. Under contract until June 2025 and maturing, he is aiming for the 2022 World Cup with his selection next November, where he can also be a nice surprise for the selection.
Benjamin Šeško (19 years old/Slovenia)
If Luka Sučić will perhaps live his last season in Salzburg, for Benjamin Šeško it is already concluded. The Slovenian striker has already signed with RB Leipzig for the 2023/2024 financial year and will remain in the Red Bull environment. A smart choice for a player who has yet to confirm. Last season, he had shown great things (11 goals and 7 offerings in 37 matches), but lacked regularity in his performances. Able to do better in the field of efficiency, he started as a real holder this season with 3 goals and 3 offerings in 9 matches. Staying one more season to improve before moving on to the next level, the Slovenian striker has already marked the Champions League as the ideal garden to splash Europe with his talent.
Maurits Kjærgaard (19 years old/Denmark)
Danish international hope, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder must compensate for the summer departure of Brenden Aaronson from Leeds United. Revealed with Matthias Jaissle when the latter was training FC Liefering in Austrian D2 (3 goals and 9 offerings in 29 matches), this large, very elegant size (1m92) had a joker role last season (26 matches, 4 goals and 4 offerings for only 8 tenures). Now well integrated into the eleven (6 tenures in 8 matches, 2 goals and 1 offering), he presents a good shot from distance and a much greater physical impact than during the previous exercise. In full evolution, the former Lyngby has just extended until 2026 and his progress is appreciated within the Austrian club. “Mau has developed very well over the last season, getting better and better and using his immense potential better. But because we are convinced that there is still a lot to do, we are looking forward to this long-term contract extension. I’m sure Mau will play a very important role in our team this year.”underlined on this occasion the sports director Christoph Freund.
Strahinja Pavlović (21 years old/Serbia)
Face a little better known in France, that of Strahinja Pavlović was however little seen on the grounds of Ligue 1. Arrived in winter 2020 from Partizan against 10 million euros in Monaco, the Serbian central defender played little with the Asemists (12 matches) while his loans to Cercle Brugge and Basel were interesting. On the side of Salzburg, he is not yet a real holder since he is preceded by Maximilian Wöber and Oumar Solet in the hierarchy. However, he has an interesting card to play. Arrived for 7 million euros and wishing to play the 2022 World Cup with Serbia, Strahinja Pavlović already has 5 appearances and has even already scored a goal with the Austrian team. His aggressiveness and power in duels as well as his already high experience for a young element make him a very interesting option for Matthias Jaissle and Salzburg for this season.
Dijon Kameri (18 years old/Austria)
Bet to take, but could be a winner, Dijon Kameri is an unfortunate finalist of the last Youth League against Benfica (5-0). However, performing a good tournament, the Austrian of Kosovar origin is part of the promising generation made up of Justin Omoregie, Roko Šimić, Bryan Okoh and Lukas Wallner. Recovering a role as a substitute of choice, the attacking midfielder has already managed to do well. Alternating between the A team and Liefering who play in the second division, he scored 2 goals and delivered an offering in 4 appearances with the professionals. Scorer against Lustenau (6-0), he received praise from Matthias Jaissle after his first achievement: “He’s now rewarding himself for his efforts, it’s fun to see the boy.” It’s up to him to confirm his good start to try to shake up the hierarchy. The potential is in any case very interesting.