Is there still the really big World Cup surprise in the storm?
National coach Hansi Flick (57) gave all German strikers just the right amount of hope, saying when asked about strikers like Füllkrug, Terodde or Petersen: “Because we have three more options, it’s a fact that we in the coaching team are also thinking: What kind of quality and characteristics do you need that someone brings with them in certain situations – in other words, a kind of “if-then strategy”. It’s possible that we’ll take a player with us for that special moment.”
Means: There is the idea of taking a classic clipper with you, for example if you have to use the classic “crowbar” when you are behind in the final phase.
At the 2006 World Cup, David Odonkor (38) was the big surprise and was nominated for the tournament mainly because of his speed.
BILD says who now has a chance of becoming the “Qatar Odonkor”.
Niclas Füllkrug (29/Werder Bremen): The Bremen player is currently the most accurate German striker with five Bundesliga goals. And he fits the profile: powerful, strong in the air, a real striker in the penalty area. If he keeps snapping until the World Cup, he has a chance. Even though he himself just said: “It’s the international break right now and I’m not there. That certainly has its reasons and that’s okay. It doesn’t make much sense to speculate about it all the time. For me there’s no reason. Then we can Speculating summer switches that could possibly happen.”
Simon Terodde (34/Schalke): Shot Schalke back into the Bundesliga with 30 goals last season. Flick said at the time: “We’re also taking a close look there. We’ll see how things look next season, whether he can score goals in the first division. If he plays at a top level – that’s the Bundesliga – and performs well there and makes its gates, all doors and gates are open.” But that’s Terodde’s problem: It doesn’t always work that way in the first division, only one goal so far. He would have to start snapping quickly.
Nils Petersen (33/Freiburg): He was in the provisional squad before the last World Cup, but was then dropped. The best Bundesliga joker in recent years, almost always scoring when he came in. But: Plays very little in Freiburg at the moment – and hasn’t scored yet.
Jonathan Burkardt (22/Mainz): Our U21 clipper is seen by many experts as a future striker in the DFB team. But he is currently injured and has not scored a goal this season.
Kevin Volland (30/AS Monaco): Was at the EM, but is not the classic penalty area clipper. Hasn’t played much in France due to an ankle injury, but still scored a goal against PSG.
Youssoufa Moukoko (17): Or will Moukoko become a surprise at the World Cup? The future belongs to him anyway. It’s not the classic penalty area clipper, but it’s powerful and extremely dangerous. Made sure with his goal for BVB’s derby victory. But would have to play more regularly for the real World Cup chance.
Jan Thielmann (20/Cologne): Not a classic striker, oscillates between the top striker and the outside lane. One for the future, but this Saiosn has also only scored one goal.
Davie Selke (27/Hertha): Type of disgusting penalty area digger, used to go through all DFB youth teams. But if Hertha currently only has 89 joker minites in the whole season, he has no chances.
One thing is clear to everyone: If you really want to take advantage of the surprise opportunity, you have to hit, hit, hit – that’s where Füllkrug currently has the best arguments…