Scout Report – Dimitri Oberlin
European powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester United are understood to be keen on securing a move for Dimitri Oberlin, who plays as a striker for FC Basel on loan from RB Salzburg. He has attracted a lot of attention, mainly for his incredible displays in Champions League games. The elite competition is notorious for thrusting young stars into the limelight and this time, it is all about Oberlin.
In fact, it was his fearless performance against the Red Devils that truly made everybody sit up and take notice. The youngster boasts of tremendous potential and let’s take a closer look at his profile.
Born in 1997 in Yaounde, Cameroon, Oberlin was a part of FC Zurich’s youth set-up. He progressed through the ranks in time and even made one appearance for the club. However, he then made the move to FC Liefering and finally joined RB Salzburg in 2015. He scored 3 goals in 12 appearances for them but the club was lending him out on loan. Oberlin finished a temporary loan spell with Reinsdorf Altach and Salzburg then shipped him out to serve a loan spell with Basel.
As far as his international career is concerned, Oberlin has appeared for Switzerland at every level – right from the U15 team to the U21s, which he represents right now.
As seen in the game against United, Oberlin needs time to ascertain what works and what does not. His teammates kept sending long balls his way and the youngster was aware of the fact that it will not do anything against a defence-oriented side like Man Utd. That said, there was little that Oberlin could do against a powerhouse side like Manchester United.
Regardless, the player displayed excellent passing skills but he is yet to truly prove his mettle. One must not forget that he is very young and boasts of talent but he needs the right environment to improve his trade further.
The fact that Real Madrid and Manchester United are interested in him will be a huge news for the on-loan striker. It will also present him with an incredible opportunity to learn from the best and if he gets an offer from either club, he should most definitely take it. Salzburg could want him back after his stellar performances for Basel but even if that happens, Oberlin will be at a greater advantage if he moves to either Spain or England.