Bayer 04 Leverkusen have opted to drop Nadiem Amiri and Timothy Fosu-Mensah from their Europa League squad. Young central midfield talents Gustavo Puerta and Noah Mbamba will get a chance instead.
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Eighteen-year-old Belgian central midfield talent Noah Mbamba was included, as was 20-year-old Colombian Gustavo Puerta. Xabi had expressed an eagerness to see Mbamba in action shortly after his signing last winter. Puerta was another winter signing who unfortunately didn't see much action in a loan-out to 1. FC Nürnberg last spring. Both Mbamba and Puerta have logged minutes as subs for Xabi's Werkself in the young Bundesliga campaign. Mbamba registered an assist in the recent 5-1 blowout of Darmstadt just prior to the international break.