If Erik ten Hag had a problem whether Julian Green was ready for regular reserve minutes, Green has made the decision for him.
Green scored three more goals, making it five in two games, during FC Bayern's 4-0 win against FC Schweinfurt 05. Green's hat-trick was the second by the reserves, with Bastian Fischer recording one in the first reserve match of the season.
The kleine Bayern have now won its 10th match of the season, and is the first team in the Regionalliga to 30 points – granted, they have played the most matches at 11.
It only took six minutes for Green to get on the score-sheet, a first-time shot that goalkeeper Christopher Pfeiffer could not handle. He halved that time with his next one, a right-footed strike in the ninth minute.
The third goal took a little help, Vladimir Rankovic's help, to be exact. The emerging winger served up green with a cross near the goal-line, which Green put in the back of the net. Fischer got a consolation in the 79th minute, and Schweinfurt never had a great chance throughout the game.
A surprise start was Mitchell Weiser, as he played in his third game in four days, including the friendly in Passau, although he started on the bench on Saturday. Ten Hag elected to have Tobias Schweinsteiger considering his pitch frequency. That is what gave way for Green to start as the No. 9, facilitating his hat-trick.
Green doubled his goal total with this five, and he now holds the top-scorer crown in the Regionalliga, topping Stefan Lex from SpVgg Greuther Fürth II. At this rate, Matthias Sammer might think twice on a cap with the senior side.