Whilst the majority of warm blooded 21-year-olds are either caught up chasing women way out of their league or planning low budget trips to one of the many Mediterranean “booze” Islands, some young adults have other things on their mind.
This cognitive process would possibly refer to huge amounts of pre-exam cramming with university students across the world hoping to obtain a top grade in their final exams, or perhaps taking time to evaluate their future carers.
The latter could possibly relate to an aspiring footballer in the lower confines of the German football system who could be all but ready to throw in the towel on his dream of becoming the next best thing since Lothar Matthaus.
This problem is extremely popular with adolescent footballers who often reach a brick wall when they find out that they are either not cut out for the big world of football both in and outside the Bundesliga, or they don’t have the money to pursue their ultimate objectives.
Perhaps the same could be said about Bundesliga startlet Kevin Volland, who probably thought the worst when he was loaned back to 1860 Munich having agreed a four year contract with first division side, TSG Hoffenheim.
Most players who are forced to stay on loan at a club for an extended period of time in the lower reaches of the professional football spectrum tend to take their foot of the gas, and can sometimes reach their own brick wall where they would contemplate their career.
However, some footballer’s will not take this as an option and would jump on the opportunity to prove their worth to the big boys by maturing in the best possible way, in this case making a name out of yourself.
And this is exactly what Volland did during his one and a half year stint on loan at his boyhood club, with the plucky midfielder scoring over twenty goals in every completion for the Lions.
His intricate, agile and versatile play especially during the 2011/12 season in which the Bavarian born winger scored 14 goals to help his side achieve sixth place in the second Bundesliga quickly caught the eye of the Hoffenheim hierarchy who decided to give him his first break at the club.
And since making his debut for the Baden Wurttemberg outfit away against Borussia Monchengladbach on the first matchday of the 2012-13 Bundesliga season he is yet to look back.
Considering the circumstances in which TSG Hoffenheim went about the 2012-13 campaign which is famous for all the wrong reasons, Volland took to Bundesliga football like a duck to water.
Following 18 defeats from 30 matches, the Rhine-Neckar Arena outfit were all but relegated to the second tier of German football following five seasons in the Bundesliga and it can be argued that only a small handful of players were innocent in their team’s decline.
One of these players who practically guided a severely injured Hoffenheim side over the finishing line was Volland whose dynamic performances injected belief into the beating heart of Markus Gisdol’s team.
The 21-year-old was one of the masterminds behind the Blue and Whites' great escape with the winger providing diehard performances which enabled the club to secure three wins and most importantly Bundesliga survival from their last four games of the season.
This campaign, Gisdol’s side seem to be a completely different type of animal in comparison to their near death experience last season with the Blue and Whites holding onto a respectable ninth place going into the last fixture of the season.
One of the many reasons behind Hoffenheim’s tremendous revival can be related to a system of energetic attacking play which has significantly helped Volland in his development as a national treasure.
The Germany U21 international has yet been absent from any match report based on TSG Hoffenheim this season with the dynamic winger scoring eleven goals in 36 matches in every competition for 1899 this season.
Based on his performances for the Blue and Whites over the past two season there is no surprise why Joachim Low named Volland in his 30-man provisional squad ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
It is clear to say that Low is looking for young and talented players to replace the old guard, and with comparisons already being made between Volland and Miroslav Klose there is no wonder why the 54 year old is wagging his tongue.
The fact that Low has only named Volland and Klose as his two strikers also seems to be a big indication that both of them will be heading to the World Cup.
It is fair to say that no one can argue with Low’s judgement with the 21 year old thoroughly deserving his place not only as part of Germany’s provisional squad but indeed as one of the chosen 23 who will be attempting to win their countries third World title.
Although it is unlikely that Volland will be given much playing time to prove his worth at the World Cup it is clear to say that Low has found Klose’s long-term replacement, and it is only a matter of time until he is not only carrying the hopes of Hoffenheim on his back, but indeed Germany’s.
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