Having struggled for playing time while on-loan in Germany’s capital city, 19 year-old Wolfsburg-owned midfielder Bryang Kayo has joined the U21 squad of FC Nürnberg for the remainder of the season.

Originally signed by Wolfsburg in summer, 2020, Kayo’s development has suffered due to his parent club’s decision to eliminate their reserve squad. As a result, the midfielder was sent on-loan to newly promoted German 3. Liga club Viktoria Berlin in August.

After a disappointing few months, where he only played a whopping total of 197 minutes over ten substitute appearances and one start, Wolfsburg opted to give him a new setting, and shipped him to Nürnberg until the summer.

The Franconians, whose first team competes in the 2. Bundesliga, will place Kayo in their U21 team, which acts as the organization’s primary reserve squad and competes in the fourth tier of the German soccer system.

Currently in 14th place in the 20-team Regionalliga Bayern, Nürnberg’s U19 team still has 14 games left in their season, barring any potential relegation playoffs, and will not be back in action until they host FC Schweinfurt on February 20.

The team is led by 41 year-old coach Christian Fiel, a former midfielder who took over the reigns for the current season after spending his entire coaching career beforehand, as well as his final playing years at Dynamo Dresden.

Kayo has already begun training with his new team, and was greeted with anticipation by the head of Nürnberg’s youth center, Michael Wiesinger, who stated, “The opportunity arose relatively quickly for us to sign a talented player with potential for development who has already taken his first steps in the third division, and will now bring his skills to our U21s.”

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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