by Andrew Doulton - 16th February 2016
Player Focus - Julian Green
The player that I chose on the left wing is probably the most well known of these young talents and currently plays for one of the best clubs in the world.
Julian Green was born to an American Dad and German Mum and although he was born in Tampa Florida he would soon move back to Germany with his mother at the age of 2. From 2006 to 2009 he played youth football for non-league German side SG Hausham, based just outside of Munich. It was in 2010 that he would go on to join Bayern Munich and then sign professional term on the 8th November 2013.
The biggest problem that Julian Green has is when you play for a team like Bayern Munich it can be very difficult to break through. They have one of the best first teams in Europe and a squad full of international players. However with the opportunities that Kingsley Conman has had since his arrival it must be disappointing that at the age of 20 he is yet to player for the Munich first team. He did manage to get some game time whilst out on loan at Hamburg last season, but this was still just only 6 games. This season seems to have been a backward step for the young talent as he is back playing in the Regionaliga Bayern for Bayern Munich II’s. For a player of his ability to be playing in the what is the German 4th division, he really does need to move on.
On the international stage things are very different for Julian Green. He started of choosing to represent Germany in both the U16s and U17s. Green would then choose to represent the USA U20s for 1 match before switching back to the Germany 19s. Green would then switch one more time back to the USA, where Green made appearances for U23s before going on to get 5 international caps for the USA. He would go on to become the youngest ever goal scorer for the United States at a World cup at just 19 years 25 days.
Green has all the qualities to go on to be a good player. He is confident on the ball and has a good turn of pace which allows him to run at players and move the ball around them with ease at times. Other things that I have noticed about him is that he seems to find good positions out wide, making himself available for his team mates to spear head attacking moves. He has also scored a few goals this season but we have to remember that he is playing at a lower standard of football.
In summary at 20 years old he seems to have all the potential to be a very good player. However in order to achieve that potential he will need to leave Bayern Munich to play for a team where he will be able to play a decent amount of games at a higher level. If he should continue to struggle for games it could not only damage his development but it could also impact his international career for the USA.