A loan deal for the newly-minted US Men's National Team starlet had been rumored and discussed for some time, due to the prospects of playing time with the senior club team being extremely limited, despite his impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil at the tender age of 19. Displacing world class talent like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, or even the not-so-established talents like Xherdan Shaqiri, is a gargantuan task for a young kid who has absolutely no experience in the Bundesliga.
But, all parties had agreed to wait a month, while allowing Green a chance to show off his talents to coach Pep Guardiola during the recent US tour, and the abbreviated training camp, before making a final decision. The youth player had confidently spoken out against a loan deal, saying he wanted to "prove himself" and fight for a spot on the club. In the end, coach and player decided that a move was the best solution.
In an interview with fcbayernmunich.com, Julian now reveals what changed everyone's minds.
First and foremost, to nobody's surprise, playing time was the crucial element.
"I talked with the club, the coach and the team. Everybody agreed that playing time is the most important thing, and that's why they all supported my decision."
At HSV, a historically big club, and the only founding member of the Bundesliga to never have been relegated (although they came painfully close last season), the rebuild is on, and the chance of Green getting significant time on the field looks promising. When the offer came in late last week, a quick decision needed to be made.
In the interview, Green admitted that not only Pep Guardiola, his club coach, had input into the decision:
"Jürgen Klinsmann is happy about this move as well because he wants every member of the national team to gain experience and get a chance to develop."
Joining him in Hamburg on another loan deal (on an even more last-minute transfer) is newly acquired Lewis Holtby, the former Schalke talent coming over from Tottenham, where the German international had been relegated to the bench. It will be interesting to see how much chemistry the two of them can develop while trying to bring the BL-dinosaur back to respectabillity.
As previously reported here at BFW, the loan deal is for one year, and the plan is for Green to return to Bayern for the 2015-16 season, hopefully ready to turn his experience gained in the North into an asset at his club.
And finally, just to remind you what this kid is capable of, here is some video that shows many of his Regionalliga Bayern goals from last season, along with some winter training camp friendlies that he played with the senior team.