Michael Ballack says Ozil is no longer at the age of a 'young talent or a promising player'.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has said that Mesut Ozil needs to take more responsibility now he is no longer regarded as a ‘promising young player’.
Ozil had a promising start to his career to Arsenal after signing for in excess of £40m from Real Madrid last summer but his form dipped midway through the season.
During the 2010 World Cup in particular was when Ozil started showcasing his talent on the World stage when he was at Werder Bremen before moving to Real shortly afterwards.
But Ballack has said Ozil looks ‘lost’ and that he doesn’t seem to be the same player as he once was.
He’s quoted in the Daily Mirror, saying: “I saw him play for the national team at the weekend and I wasn’t surprised, not scared, but a little concerned, by his performances.
“I don’t know if the Arsenal move affected him because he was untouchable. In Germany we still expect him to be one of our best players.
“He’s at an age where he’s no longer a young talent or a promising player. He has to take more responsibility.”
Some have suggested that the lack of a mid-season or winter break could have been one of the reasons for Ozil’s dip in form during his first season at the Gunners, or that he may have been carrying an injury after he substituted at half-time during the second leg of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
Ballack is right to point out that at the age of 25, players are stopped being regarded as young and promising, even though there may be some development and room for improvement left in them.
Moving to the Premier League was always going to throw up some difficulties for Ozil. Despite playing for possibly the biggest club in the world in Real Madrid where he was amongst superstars, there was always going to be pressure on him to perform at Arsenal.
Not everyone can perform at the peak of their powers and there is likely to some kind of ‘lull’ and unfortunately for Ozil, it has come at a time when his country probably fancy their chances of winning their first World Cup since 1990.