Once regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in the Bundesliga, US international youth star Julian Green may have done little to enhance his reputation this season.
However, that has not stopped reports emerging that appear to suggest the 19-year-old is seeking to rebuild his fledgling career with a spell in England.
"He will probably need one more year at a club wherever - in Germany or England, I don't know - to show his quality and I believe he has that quality," he told the news provider.
It comes after a season spent on loan at Hamburg in which Green has struggled for game time.
Though a rib injury reduced his initial impact with Die Rothosen, the US international has made just five first team appearances for the club so far this term.
Sent down to the Hamburg reserve team, there was talk that Green’s loan deal would be cut short earlier this season.
But despite his limited appearances he has remained at the club, with manager Joe Zinnbauer sacked earlier this week.
Now likely to be seeking a move to England, Tottenham Hotspur could once again turn their attentions to landing the youngster.
Green scored with his first touch at the World Cup finals in Brazil, netting a fine goal in extra-time against Belgium to give the underdogs hope in their nail-biting 2-1 defeat to the Red Devils in the second round.
Picked by Jurgen Klinsmann for the finals off the back of some impressive form for Bayern Munich II, having scored 15 goals in 23 outings for the second string side, Green would be an inexpensive gamble for Tottenham.
More importantly, he would be a welcome extra body in a squad that will be competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League and in competitions like the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.