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Yussuf Poulsen is happy with his playing time, but wants to improve his performances

By Laura Brandt

Yussuf Poulsen is happy with his playing time at RB Leipzig this season, but isn't entirely satisfied with his performances.

Yussuf Poulsen.
Yussuf Poulsen.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche

Yussuf Poulsen started on the bench for three out of RB Leipzig's last four league games of 2019 following his return from an adductor injury, with AS Roma loanee Patrik Schick being preferred alongside Timo Werner up top instead.

Nevertheless, Poulsen claims he isn't worried about his role in the squad. The Danish international hasn't been fully satisfied with how he has performed through the first half of the season, though.

"I missed a lot of games due to injury. If you subtract those, I didn't play much less than in previous years," Poulsen said in an interview with Kicker and added:

"I have been quite satisfied with my playing time, but I feel a little different about my performances.

"At times I played well, at times not so well. I assume that I will improve in the second half of the season. That's my goal and what I demand from myself," Poulsen said.

Having joined RB Leipzig in 2013, Poulsen has been part of the club's journey all the way from the 3. Liga to the top of the Bundesliga.

Asked if he is starting to struggle to keep up with pace of the club's development, Poulsen responded:

"No, I don't feel so. I have been developing at the same pace as RB since 2013. All in all, it has largely been synchronous, and it still is today from my point of view. I don't feel like I can't keep up. I have always said that there is no limit for me. I'm 25 now, but that sentence still applies."

Poulsen is RB Leipzig's record appearance holder, having played 239 games with 61 goals and 49 assists to his name since 2013.

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