Germany fans vote on Reus replacement - You may be surprised

Lukas Podolski 3 Germany

Arsenal and Chelsea stars feature as Germany fans have voted on who they want Jorgi Low to use instead of Marco Reus against Portugal.

German football magazine Kicker has asked fans to vote on who they feel should replace the injured Marco Reus for Germany at the World Cup.

Only one Arsenal star features as an option, Lukas Podolski, but amazingly he’s received the highest number of votes with 49.41% from those who took part at the time of writing.

It’s a strange once considering Podolski’s position for Arsenal is predominantly left midfield while Reus plays through the middle for Germany and club side Borussia Dortmund.

Podolski was effective in Germany’s friendly against Armenia, the same game Reus picked up an injury, when he drifted into central positions with three assists and a goal during the game.

What’s most amazing is that German fans seem to prefer Podolski to the idea of Mesut Ozil coming into the side to replace Reus.

Ozil was criticised at the start of Germany’s World Cup preparations but he excelled against Armenia, leaving a positive impression on the German press and in the mind of fans as everyone sweated over the fitness of Reus.

He pips Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle into second place with 21.58% of the vote, which further suggests the sort of system that Jorgi Low is going to be using in Brazil.

Schurrle also regularly plays in a wider role for club side Chelsea and German fans seem to have grown used to seeing these two players in particular used in more advanced attacking roles in behind a main striker.

Podolski and Schurrle are both good enough to drop off from the attack and into the midfield, which will allow the Germans to overcrowd their opposition and flood the midfield when they need to, to gain control of a game.

Mario Gotze, arguably more used to a central midfield and attacking role, is just behind Schurrle in the voting and considering the magnitude of Germany’s first game against Portugal, Low may opt for the Bayern star as a safer option.

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