Borussia Mönchengladbach youngster Patrick Herrmann has stepped up to fill the big boots of Marco Reus.
Many fans have labelled the versatile forward as the next Reus.
It’s a common habit to compare an upcoming youngster to a more established player who plays in a similar role. Is it just overhyping? If not, then what makes Herrmann so special?
Herrmann was tried in various forward roles by Glabach and he was their main threat the whole season. Even when big-money signing Luuk De Jong went misfiring in some games, the young German stepped up to deliver.
He was a success in both central and right-wing roles, which will be handy in a physical Premier League for tactical tweaks. The addition of Herrmann to Andre Villas-Boas' side will increase the options available for the tactician.
Herrmann’s ability to play short passes to link up the play has been a crucial contributor in Glabach’s game. Even though he is comparatively weaker in aerial battles, he makes up for it with brilliant reading of the game.
Herrmann’s ability to initiate and finish off counter-attacks can be handy for a team like Tottenham.
His return of six goals and six assists is not a true reflection of the forward's abilities, as he has contributed much more than these stats shows.
He has been a vital cog in his team. Thirty-eight appearances in domestic and European games attest the 21-year-old's importance to the club.
The youngster isn’t a finished product and needs to improve his crossing and aerial powers. Also, he sometimes falls prey to the offside trap. But the winger has huge potential and, if honed properly, he can emulate or even better Reus's performances.
Spurs will have cast an eye over the youngster during the European U21 Championship, but Germany will not advance to the knockout stages after losing both of their opening group matches.
With time and experience Herrmann will get better, and investing in the youngster might be an attractive option for Spurs, where forwards aren’t producing the results.
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