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Bundesliga Young Player of the Year: Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl

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Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl was instrumental in their long charge at Bayern Munich's crown.

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Last season during the winter break, Borussia Dortmund found themselves at the bottom of the table. They managed to pull themselves all the way into the Bundesliga's final Europa League place, but it was clear that changes were necessary for the club to move forward.

One of the best summer transfers by any Bundesliga club during the summer of 2015 was Dortmund signing Julian Weigl from 1860 Munich. The midfielder quickly established himself as a regular in Thomas Tuchel's "new" Dortmund side and helped the club have one of the greatest seasons in Bundesliga history.

Weigl's presence in the center of the part for Dortmund gave them a calming presence that few players in the Bundesliga can offer. Weigl even set a new Bundesliga record for possession, breaking a mark set by Xabi Alonso last season. At twenty years of age, Weigl featured in 50 matches this season (41 starts) for Dortmund and will get another shot at a trophy when Dortmund and Bayern Munich meet in the DFB Pokal Final.

Weigl's emergence as a bonafide midfield star bodes well for Dortmund's long term future and increases the likelihood of their future challenge of Bayern's supremacy.

Full Voting

Four: Julian Weigl

Two: Julian Brandt, Kingsley Coman

One: Jonathan Tah, Leroy Sane

(The voters are the Bavarian Football Works staff including Phillip Quinn, Davis VanOpdorp, Ryan Cowper, John Bushnell, John Dillon, Valentin King, Victor Coffie, George Rudnik, Mike Lynch, and Luke Zimmermann.)