Germany manager Joachim Löw has had a whirlwind of a few weeks in the news and a few Bayern Munich players have been central to the discussions.
The 2014 World Cup winner has been softly criticized by both Toni Kroos and Timo Werner for his continued omission of Thomas Müller despite the fact that he has been performing and producing at a world class rate since he was unceremoniously cut from the squad.
In addition, Löw made public that he could relent on his ban of Müller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels, while also seeing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp linked to the German national team job.
Löw, though, did not steer away from keeping the public eye on himself.
First, Löw praised the form of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Amin Younes, who has had a very good season for Die Adler:
While Younes has been good, he is 27-years-old and does not exactly fit the new version of Das Reboot’s next generation. More, has he been better than Müller?
The answer: No.
If Löw is trying to reform Germany with a core of players aged 26 and younger (the Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Niklas Süle cut-off line), it might be a stretch to say that Younes could offer Germany more than the 31-year-old Müller despite a four-year age difference.
More, Löw started to drop hints on what players he might look toward to take on starring roles in the upcoming international break. Commenting on the form of some players, Löw highlighted Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündogan.
“There are currently positive examples such as Antonio Rüdiger or Ilkay Gündogan, but also others who are in a form crisis,” said Löw (as captured by Tz).
Some are assuming that the “form crisis” comment could be a direct reference to Süle, but it could also apply to other players like Werner, Kai Havertz, Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Serge Gnabry, or even Leroy Sane. Each of those has not been as consistent as years past for various reasons.
However, players such as Süle, Gnabry, and Sane have all experience a major up-tick in form and performance over the past few weeks.
As for Süle, the narrative about his alleged weight issues has re-surfaced. As Tz captured, Löw commented on yet another mini-controversy surrounding Süle’s fitness (more on this later today):
The kicker even writes about the fact that Süle “weighs in at times over 100 kilos.” Löw says: “I don’t know exactly how many kilos he has at the moment. I do not reduce his assessment to that either. He knows my general requirements.”
In the end, Löw also teased that his roster could have a different look and feel for the Euros.
“Overall, our squad has grown, so there is competition and therefore it may well be that one or the other, who is convinced that they will participate in the European Championship, will not be there after all,” Löw said.
Tz insinuated this could be a message directed at Süle, which seems a bit far-fetched.