After the opening games of the World Cup many regard Germany’s opening performance as the most impressive, other argue that Australia were just poor. But regardless of that one young German player Mesut Ozil has certainly caught the eyes of fans, scouts and pundits alike.
The 21-year-old Werder Bremen playmaker role is a reported target for Arsenal, who see the highly rated midfielder as an ideal replacement for Cesc Fabregas and has long been on the radars of both Chelsea and Manchester City. The Blues may see him as a potential replacement for Joe Cole, a player who will definitely be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer. And City…well, they are linked with everyone, but he could provide a real edge to their midfield with his incisive passing.
We now know why teams have been taking such an interest in him after he made an impressive start to his World Cup campaign in South Africa, especially his excellent first half display against Australia during Germany’s 4-0 victory.
The emergence of the player marks freshness and change in the German national team which is no longer dependent on its ageing stars, with Michael Ballack being the most notable absentee through injury.
A lot of the talk after Germany’s victory was over the controversial sending off of Tim Cahill, but even the Everton man admits that is was Ozil’s wizardry which was the main factor:
“I think the devastating factor was Ozil.
“Credit to the youngster. He’s a great player and obviously he’s going to do great things for the team. The way he opens up defences is a credit to him.”
Ozil was born in Germany to Turkish parents and he believes that his dual heritage has benefitted his style of football:
“My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game.
“The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part.”
The youngster has enjoyed a good season with his club scoring nine goals in the German Bundesliga and DFB Pokal combined, whilst making 14 assists. His impressive club form led many to tip Ozil as one to watch in South Africa prior to the tournament.
It is thought that Chelsea currently lead the race to sign Ozil as they have had the longest interest in the player, but he could end up anywhere as it is likely that Werder Bremen will be willing to cash in on a player who has only a year left on his contract. The German club may see it as an ideal opportunity to sell him after the World Cup whilst his stock is at its highest, he is currently rated at £20million.
Ozil is just one of the promising young players to keep an eye on during this summer’s tournament as Ibrahim Affelay (Netherlands), Eljero Elia (Netherlands), Marek Hamsik (Slovakia), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Gregory van der Wiel (Netherlands) and Neven Subotic (Serbia).
Do fans think Ozil would be a good fit at a Premier League club like Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City? Would you like to see him at your club?
Video showcasing the talent of Mesut Ozil: