One couldn‘t help but wonder: When does a slight interest develop from a trend and later into a completely head over heels phenomenon. Because it seems nowadays that every English club needs a talent from Germany, a German wonderkind at best.
Who knows when it started? But with the Mesut Ozil transfer to Arsenal the hype reached an unprecedented peak to a certain point where managers, scouts, fans and the media tend to forget that the ones that came before them like Marko Marin and Ron-Robert Zieler, the ones which didn't cut it.
This is why Chelsea shouldn’t overrate their next target, VfL Wolfsburg’s Julian Brandt.
A rumour is circulating that the 17-year-old left winger is interesting Chelsea's, Bayern Munich’s and Borussia Dortmund’s scouting department for after German tabloid Bild published an article about him yesterday.
Before that reports about the young gun, who was born in Germany’s Bremen not far away from the North Sea, were very rare and only die-hard fans knew about him.
An article about him getting a well-respected award for his talent at a little town called Enkenbach-Alsenborn reads itself like a bestselling thriller when there is no information about this kid at all.
But Chelsea must not get carried away by the hype.
The facts are: Brandt won a German championship with the Under-19s as an Under-17. That shows his ability to establish himself with older players. In six games with the international youth team he recorded four goals and five assists.
And now he trains with VfL Wolfsburg’s first team and holds their pace thus far. But his promotion is also just seen as an effort by management to keep him in Wolfsburg.
Julian Brandt thinks he is ready for the next step and his entourage is encouraging a transfer, but to who?
It’s still unclear if the 17-year-old has what it takes to play in a big club. The main questions about the left winger are: Is he just a product of the German hype? Or is there more behind it? Either way, you imagine there will soon be a club ready to take a gamble and find out.
What do you think? Should Chelsea make a push for the next German wonderkind?