Thomas Muller – A Star Is Born

I like to think I have a keen eye for spotting sporting talents before the majority of sports fans do and then seeing them hit the world stage, almost brings a tear to my eye.

They have made the mark and I have proved right to back their talents and as they hit the world stage and others join in on the bandwagon, I can think, I saw him/her first!!

One of these said talents, is the German international footballer Thomas Muller, currently terrorising defences at the World Cup in South Africa and with it gaining a growing reputation. 

Thomas Mueller celebrates his goal

Muller (seen above celebrating scoring against Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals) has shown that with the correct development, coaching and ultimately temperament, players can and will make it on the international stage in football whatever the age.

England and our football association take note!

Muller broke through into the Bayern Munich first team following a steady and progressive development with the German champions since the tender age of 10 and followed on the back of the successful progression of Toni Kroos, a fellow German international.

Bayern took the gamble to integrate Muller along with another current German international and product of the Bayern junior team, Holgar Badstuber, and after both signed professional deals in February 2009, both and the club have never looked back.

When I saw Muller, I knew instantly that he had the attributes to be a star of the modern game and thus far, I may well be right.

Muller helped Bayern to the domestic league and couple double, scoring 13 goals and creating 11 goals in his first full season in the Bundesliga.

I remember seeing Kroos played a year or so ago and thinking, wow this boy is talented and then when Muller hit the scene, I wondered what would happen for both players especially in a team containing attacking talents including Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Muller has many attributes that have allowed him to integrate into the currently successful Bayern team, pace, confidence, being a team player, strength, this list can and will go on, positioning, temperament, passing ability, tactical awareness, goal scoring mentality….I’ll stop there for now!

Muller always looked a more complete and finished player than Kroos and had the disciplined approach to fit into a side coach by Louis Van Gaal whereas  Kroos, has been on loan at Bayer Leverkusen for the past season and a half after suffering from indifferent form at Bayern.

This has coincided with Muller’s career blossoming and after his excellent performances on the world stage, with 4 goals in his 7 international games thus far, can he keep this up?

I honestly believe that due to the structure in place, with which Muller has progressed through in German and especially with Bayern that he has the ability to reach the top-level of the game and stay there for a very long time.

He is one of many shining lights currently coming through the German ranks and many of the under-21 European Championship winning side and part of the current German national team, incidentally, Muller wasn’t a part of the winning squad.

Unbelievable!!

The future of German football looks very bright and as they face up to Spain tonight in their 11th World Cup semi-final, should we really have expected anything else?

Cheers for reading.

Gaffers

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