The next rising star of German football is Werder Bremen’s Mesut Özil; he is a midfield playmaker and can also play on the wing. The young German, born of Turkish parents has been making waves in the Bundesliga over recent seasons. His form has also caught the eye of many clubs all over Europe including Arsenal and Barcelona.
The 21 year old started his career with a number of youth sides before being picked up by hometown club Schalke 04 in 2005. His performances in the German equivalent of the League Cup propelled him into the first team. He made 30 appearances for Schalke and helped them to a second place finish in 2007, before a contract dispute ended his tenure with the side from Gelsenkirchen.
On the final day of the January transfer window 2008, Werder Bremen stumped up €4.3 million for the player, this being the most expensive transfer fee for a German teenager and going by his ability a complete steal.
Özil is rated as the best player in the Bundesliga at the moment, bursting with creativity and leaving opposition defenders in knots. He is comfortable behind the strikers as a playmaker and can also operate as a winger. On field intelligence, ability to provide width and a crisp passing ability make him a much sought after prospect.
He was also a vital component in the German U21 side winning the recent European Championships. He more or less, single handedly destroyed England in the final. A final the Germans won 4-0.
Already a full international, he has stated his aim of playing for Barcelona, “I’ve found Barcelona fascinating, ever since I was small,” he told the German press. “Signing for them is a dream of mine.” But I am sure there will be many fighting for his signature after the World Cup. His agent confirmed contact with Arsenal, Bayern Munich have also earmarked him as a replacement for the ever-departing Franck Ribery.
What is clear is that Özil will become a big fish in the Weserstadion pod before long, but where he will end up is anyone’s guess.
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