It has been a startling rise to prominence for this 22 year old who only two seasons ago was playing German Regionalliga with the FSV Mainz 05 second team.
He was a striker for the Die Nullfunfer when Borussia Dortmund first spotted the 20 year old, with Klopp noting his emanating potential. However no-one would have chartered Durm’s meteoric surge since his Bundesliga debut in August 2013.
Nonetheless, Durm had to choose between Dortmund and FSV Mainz 05, where he had nurtured a burgeoning career, when both offered professional contracts in January 2012.
Dortmund had just won the Bundesliga in 2011 and would go on to claim a second successive title and German cup by the end of the season; this is where he chose to settle being taken under Jürgen Klopp’s wing.
He spent the 2012-2013 season plying his trade with the reserves in the 3 Liga, before the bountiful Klopp introduced Durm into the first team fold. This provided the springboard for a season of firsts for the 22 year old.
However the initial debate was where was this precocious talent going to play? To begin with known as a left winger, he came on for Robert Lewandowski in the last few minutes of Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Augsburg in 2012. Although with the injuries to first choice full back duo Łukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer he was converted to a defensive berth and could now fully establish himself in the first eleven.
Was it Klopp’s genius that engineered Erik Durm’s dramatic rise or was he just the opportunist who drove the vehicle for the youngster to showcase his talent to a national fanbase?
Whichever you believe, Durm’s recent call up to the German senior national squad caps off an impressive breakthrough season, where a highlight for the player was playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League and has altogether been a key figure in Die Shwarzgelben defence.
Durm has been in a constant battle for the left back spot for both club and country with Marcel Schmelzer since the latter’s return from injury, but Durm was quite relaxed when asked about his relationship with his team-mate. He mused that they frequently play snooker together and that their on the field dual isn’t taken back home.
The 22 year old being named in the provisional 30 man squad for the World Cup would be deemed as a success in its own right by many, however Durm will have to cancel his summer trip to Miami after being picked ahead of Schmelzer in the race for a spot on the plane to Brazil.
Germany coach Joachim Löw has already said in the past he admires Durm’s composure for a man with so little experience, and also has the edge in terms of pace.
Erik Durm embarks on his first major tournament, as the only recognised left back in the squad, this despite only having two Under 21 caps beforehand. Where England is known as the original birth place of football, Brazil could be described as the heart and soul and where the game was first admired as an art form.
Durm will be hoping the South American nation will be where he will further enhance his blossoming career and reach new heights on a global scale.