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Analyzing Julian Green’s Club Dilemma

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While Julian Green made the most of his single appearance at the 2014 World Cup, focusing on his future is undoubtedly more important than dwelling on the past.

Green recently turned 19 and plays for Bayern Munich‘s reserve team who plays in the Regionalliga in Germany. While Green is a part of the world’s most successful club team, he might not see first team minutes for quite some time, or ever. The club is constantly adding some of the world’s best players via transfers like Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara last season and Robert Lewandowski this upcoming season. The constant influx of talent will be tough for Green to overcome even with the large amount of potential he possesses.

This, in turn, presents a dilemma for Green. Should he stay at Bayern Munich and fight for scarce first team minutes which he may never see or look to move to a club for more regular playing time?

The competition and daily training would be basically unmatched if Green were to stay at Bayern Munich and he would be learning from some of the game’s best attacking minds like Gotze, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Green would also be under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola who has accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish as a manager. Guardiola is reported to be quite fond of Green and his talent which could mean he might end up giving the youngster more minutes this upcoming season with his wingers getting a bit older.

USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has stated that he wants his players to test themselves at the highest level and the United States has never had a prospect who is as highly regarded at a club team as successful as Bayern Munich before. Ironically, with Gedion Zelalem now a possible candidate to join the Stars and Stripes, the United States could potentially have two such prospects in contention for major playing time going forward.

With the Olympics in two years and Green set to be an important cog in the United States team, a move away from his current club team could be more beneficial for his future. Consistent first team minutes at another Bundesliga squad or a team anywhere in Europe could provide Green with the necessary situation to improve his game. Training with some of the world’s best players is also beneficial, but live-game scenarios and situations might be more of what Klinsmann is looking for in his players.

Green still has plenty of time to make this decision, but it will be an important one that could determine if he ever taps all the way in to the vast amount of potential he possesses.