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Lack of German strikers and defenders

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What has happened to the German academies?  Is there a future generation of star defenders and strikers for the national team to select?

the talent pool seems pretty shallow in terms of selection in these areas. 

Are there players that I am overlooking?

On a side note I would keep kimmich as a defender rather than midfielder. Need more help in the back. 

Thoughts? 

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Which age group are we talking about here? 18-23 year olds good enough to be in the national team in the near future or U18 teenage talents who are expected to develop into good players in 5 years time or so?

I think currently there's a bit of a crisis in general when it come to youth talents in Germany.

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35 minutes ago, The Käiser said:

On a side note I would keep kimmich as a defender rather than midfielder. Need more help in the back.

That's a no-brainer. It needs average coaches like Löw and Kovac to come up with such a stupid idea.

Kimmich has all the tools to become a worldclass right-back while in midfield he is just solid. As for the German nationalteam it's even more stupid due to the lack of decent full-backs in Germany.

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The game has enough coaches who know better - they believe it so they take a player who is both good and potentially brilliant and make him play the way they want as opposed to the way he knows and performs well - Tedesco was our Roy Hodgson as opposed to Wagner following the Klopp idea of giving players instructions simply to do what they are best at!  Liverpool are benefitting from that and young Johnny from Everton is taking Wagner's similar attitude and showing what a great future he has already at the start of his time with us and his award as the Rookie of the Month at the start of his time in Germany!.  Meanwhile after leading the German Olympic team to the final - and scoring the only goal, young Max was persecuted by Tedesco and has spent the last two games in London on the bench!  Josh Kimmich is the future Philip Lahm for Germany (if he isn't that now perhaps) - Jaydon at BVB is revelling in the freedom he has been given and Gareth Southgate let him have that same freedom this week in Southampton. Some kids love Maths - some hate it and love the IT sector or putting cars back together, but I would never let my Maths Teacher loose on my vehicle's exhaust system!  Brazil has prospered at International level for years letting kids from the streets develop their talent and abilities better than most other countries.  To all those in charge of teams in the beautiful game, please learn from that! Get them fit, keep them happy and let them get on with doing what they do best!

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I think it is just a momentary lapse of talent. It happens, it isn’t a   guarantee  that elite players will crop up every generation. It is unreasonable to think otherwise

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Germany have real problem for the national team in midfield, they have no player that is good at keeping the ball.

 

There does seem to be a lack of German talent about as German teams are now trying to get young English and Dutch players for example instead of using their own.

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I wonder if Germany are pouring less money into football now compared to a decade or two ago when they went hard on it after losing the semi in 2006...? Sometimes the talent production can be linked to the money spent at that lower level...

Another thing is typical there can also be a lazy generation following a golden one.

 

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4 minutes ago, Harry said:

I wonder if Germany are pouring less money into football now compared to a decade or two ago when they went hard on it after losing the semi in 2006...? Sometimes the talent production can be linked to the money spent at that lower level...

Another thing is typical there can also be a lazy generation following a golden one.

Germany started the overhaul of the whole youth system after the debacle in Euro 2000 and it's still following the same path where it's obligatory for the clubs to operate centrally regulated training academies with regular and strict quality assessments etc (in fact it's part of the requirements for the league license). So I believe that the money flow is still at the same level and even increasing; so it shouldn't be a problem. 

Your second point is interesting; I remember reading a few articles/interviews of coaches and other people involved in youth development in Germany and there have been quite a few complaints about the mental attributes of the new generation; especially in terms of will power, mental strength and resilience. I'm sure it's not the main reason behind the apparent lack of upcoming (super)talents but it could well be contributing to it. 

It's a good thing that people responsible for youth development also identify the need to adjust the current system and make changes to it though. I read some suggestions for introducing new training concepts focusing more on creativity and ball control than tactical knowledge which apparently has been seen as a key point for years; provide better training to youth coaches and reform the way the kids are trained at the very young age. 

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