Following Germany’s triumphs in the 2014 World Cup, U21 European Championships and Confederations Cup, Germany are definitely the team to beat and are arguably the number 1 team in the world right now despite what the FIFA rankings say, so could we see a Germany squad that dominates the world football scene for the next generation of football fans? The success has to be put down to their footballing model, the Bundesliga has an incredible percentage of U21 players being given a chance of starting games and with this extra experience means that the younger players have experience of playing against some of the best players in the world.
So who will be Germany’s class of 2022?
In goal it has to be Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, although Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno has the potential I just think that Leno makes too many mistakes for his own good and this will be what jeopardises him for the number 1 spot, infamously remembered for horrendous miskicks and howlers of saves Leno will never live up to the consistency of Ter Steven and as both players develop it will be Ter Stegen who fills Manuel Neuer’s shoes.
For the defence I think we can definitely expect to see Niklas Süle in the heart of the defence as the German national team captain once he has had his chance to break in the Bayern Munich team having already agreed the transfer from Hoffenheim this summer.
For the other centre back position I believe Willi Orban will also be one of the key members of the German squad and will form a solid partnership with Niklas Süle, Orban has already shown that he has the ability and potential to be included in the national team setup at some point, a dominant force in the air with good pace and great positional awareness Orban has more to offer in these areas when compared to the likes of Jonathan Tah especially once Orban gets more experience in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig especially as Leipzig continue to progress as a club this will be key to Orban’s progress as a player.
As fullbacks go I think Mitchell Weiser & Benjamin Heinrichs will both develop into top players at their respective clubs of Hertha Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen, both Weiser and Heinrichs are starting members at the club when they’re fit and as number one choice left back Jonas Hector gets older and retires Heinrichs should then have the ability to step into the void that will be left behind from Hector’s absence. The same goes for the right back position which has been held by legend Philip Lahm for decades and since his retirement from international football in 2014 the quality at right back has not been the same, something that Mitchell Weiser should be able to solve.
In the centre of midfield Pep Guardiola’s golden boy Joshua Kimmich and Dortmund youngster Julian Weigl will be the standout centre midfielders for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Both of them have huge potential which we have seen throughout their short careers already as they have played on the biggest stages in football and fit right into place with the rest of the squad. Kimmich continues to develop massively and with the latest retirement of players like Lahm and Xabi Alonso, Kimmich can now start to move into the void that they have left behind. His versatility to play at right back when required also makes a valued member of any squad no matter how good.
Latest Bayern Munich recruit Serge Gnabry will definitely be on the plane to Qatar if he keeps his current form and attitude up. After being sold from Arsenal after having very little opportunities in the first team, Gnabry has now lit up the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen since signing to Bremen for a shrewd £4.5 million pound, he has shown that he has the ability to compete amongst the best in Germany and has outshone many of his rivals and a call up to the national team may be just around the corner.
Julian Brandt has been linked with moves away from Bayer Leverkusen in the past couple of years but can Brandt turn his back on the club that made him? I personally believe that it’s a case of a move away is what Brandt needs to do in order to reach his potential. Leverkusen finished in a hugely underwhelming 12th position last year face no European football next year something a player of Julian Brandt’s calibre should be playing week in week out.
In the number 10 spot behind the striker lies Leon Goretzka, the monster of a midfielder has developed a huge ability to move forward with the ball and create chances and assists for his teammates and even grabbing goals himself when required. Goretzka will undoubtedly be involved in the national team once the likes of Mesut Özil have retired and with links to a transfer to Bayern Munich, Goretzka has already seemed to make a name for himself in the Bundesliga attracting the biggest club in Germany.
Germany have a host of options for their number 9 role and I believe that by the time the 2022 World Cup rolls around their got to number 9 will either be Davie Selke or Timo Werner, Selke was unfairly not given an opportunity at RB Leipzig due to the superb form of Timo Werner & Yussuf Poulsen throughout the season but Selke has shown his quality in recent international tournaments with Germany and his recent move to Hertha Berlin will give him more game time to really establish himself as one of the best in the Bundesliga. Although Timo Werner has outshone Davie Selke to cement his place in the RB Leipzig team and also has the pace that Selke doesn’t really have so depending on the playing style of the manager in charge at the time this could be the main factor in the decision of how to choose, Werner is more of an advanced forward where Selke is very much a target man.