There’s rarely a dull moment at Tottenham Hotspur and while Germany are grabbing much of the attention and plaudits for their all-action displays at the World Cup, the Lilywhites are looking to get in on the action by signing one of Die Mannschaft’s brightest young hopes.
Julian Draxler is a player usually associated with a move to north London rivals Arsenal, however that could soon be changing amid rumours that Spurs are set to launch a £17 million bid for the Schalke player.
But with the 20-year-old reiterating his desire to remain at the Gelsenkirchen club for the foreseeable future, Tottenham may be better served by bidding for one of the three young German stars who could be the Ballack, Draxler and Ozil of tomorrow.
Leon Goretzka – Schalke 04
Goretzka’s was signed from Bochum last summer, having previously impressed in Bundesliga 2 with four goals in 32 appearances in the second tier. Many even believed that the arrival of the 19-year-old at the Veltins-Arena would see Draxler depart.
But with no move forthcoming, it could be the man dubbed “the new Michael Ballack” who gets the big money move to the Premier League, having hit the ground running since his arrival at Schalke with four goals in just 25 Bundesliga appearances.
Part of Joachim Loew’s 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, Tottenham should bid now, with his price tag only likely to increase.
Patrick Herrmann – Borussia Monchengladbach
A product of Gladbach’s youth setup, Herrmann was part of the formidable team led by Marco Reus that secured a Champions League qualification spot under Lucien Favre back in 2012.
But while Reus moved on to bigger and better things at Dortmund, Herrmann has so far resisted the overtures of a number of European clubs in favour of remaining with the Foals.
The 23-year-old was called up by Germany a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan earlier this year and, having played for Die Mannschaft at every youth team level from under-16s through to under-21s looks could break into the full national team more regularly with a move to the Premier League.
Ozkan Yildirim – Werder Bremen
An attacking midfielder of Turkish descent currently on the books at Bremen, Yildirim was always likely to draw comparisons with former Werder favourite and Germany mainstay Mezut Ozil.
Just 21-years-old, the Sulingen-born star featured 10 times in the league for Bremen last term and could be set for a breakthrough season in the Bundesliga next season unless Spurs can steal a march on any potential transfer rivals with a big-money bid.
Another player to have featured for Die Mannschaft at five different levels of youth football, Yildirim can play on either flank to good effect and is known for his excellent passing range and dribbling skills.