#2. Germany’s exciting breed of youngsters
Low’s decision to drop three of Germany’s lynchpins caused ripples throughout the footballing fraternity. However, with the exciting young talent at his disposal, one can hardly blame him.
In the recently concluded game against the Netherlands, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry manned the flanks superbly and contributed a goal apiece. While the former opened the scoring, the latter brilliantly curled a second past Jasper Cilessen.
Their directness caused the Dutch problems throughout the game and with Germany’s lackadaisicalness a major criticism last year, the right way forward could just be to adopt a quicker build-up plan.
Apart from the duo, the likes of Kai Havertz, Jonathan Tah and Thilo Kehrer have come off age this term.
Additionally, the presence of these players has brought back a feel-good factor to the German ranks. The enthusiasm of the young starlets coupled with their fearlessness on the ball has been refreshing to watch. Moreover, the inclusion of the youngsters has been a breath of fresh air for a team that smacked of staleness in 2018.
Thus, Low might just have pulled a rabbit out of the hat by letting go of his experienced players. And if his youthful devils are able to muster something substantial at the Euro next summer, not many would be left questioning his tactics.Published 26 Mar 2019, 20:27 IST