Julian Green became a household name in the United States over the summer when he scored a goal with his first touch in the World Cup. Now, he’s grabbing more attention because he’ll be loaned the Hamburger SV for the 2014-15 Bundesliga season.
Sky Sports first reported on Saturday that he would be out of Munich for this year’s campaign, and it couldn’t come at a better time for Green. Coming off a great offseason, which included World Cup success with the United States, he has shown the world his talent and ability that accompanies his young age. He’s a skillful winger, and displays great movement on and off the ball.
Leaving Bayern Munich on loan is the best thing for Green. He faces heavy competition on the wings with World Cup star Arjen Robben and Ballon d’Or third place finisher Franck Ribery highlighting his main competition. But he’s still behind proven players like Xherdan Shaqiri and Mario Goetze. Green will face easier competition over at HSV, and will get plenty of first-team experience. If he stayed in Munich, it would stifle his progression as a player, and it’s only logical that he moves for the time being to develop his game.
HSV also operates on the same type of formation as Bayern, which will be beneficial for Green in the future of his Bayern career. Both teams have a lone striker with wingers flanking skillful center midfielders. In Munich, it’s newly acquired Robert Lewandowski that will lead the charge, with Ribery and Robben flanking on the wings, and Thomas Muller and company following close by.
In Hamburg, Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the man up front, with the Dutch-international Rafael van der Vaart operating as the fulcrum of the offense, and wingers Tolgay Arslan and Ivo Ilicevic flanking him. Van der Vaart will distribute the ball to the outside and provide Green with plenty of opportunities, should he break into the starting XI.
Although the team is far from the same level of play as Bayern, it’s important that young talent like Green get the proper exposure to competition and playing time. Otherwise, he might end up like Fredy Adu, and nobody wants that to happen. If HSV is smart and treats the young American prospect with the proper care, he will blossom into a star and return to Bayern ready to play a pivotal role for the Bundesliga’s most popular club.