The next Michael Ballack? Who will kick Khedira off the throne?

When then Chelsea man Michael Ballack got injured in 2010 it left room for the German young guns. Will it happen again with Khedira?

Sami Khedira’s knee injury left the German national team in a very upset mood. However the same was said as Chelsea’s Michael Ballack went down with an ankle injury, which occurred per foul by then Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng in the 2010 FA Cup final right before the World Cup in South Africa.

There is no one else like Khedira. By saying there is still “a little spark of hope” after the friendly against Italy last week German national manager Joachim Low revealed is true admiration for Real Madrid’s midfielder as well.

The 26-year-old surprised a lot of people after transferring from Bundesliga’s VfB Stuttgart to La Liga’s all time record champion but he quickly established himself in the starting line-up and did the same at the German national team.

Germany is piled up with offensive talent. One journalist even wrote a sidelined Mesut Ozil would be bad but not “fundamentally shocking” as there are so many other talents who could step up. I disagree on the Arsenal star argument but it is true that Khedira’s defensive contribution is world class.

However as Michael Ballack of Chelsea was out it left room for young players to grow into the leadership positions they hold today. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm from Bayern Munich.

Assuming the Real Madrid stud, who was linked with a move to Chelsea before his injury occurred, won’t make it in time for Brazil: Who will kick Khedira off the throne?

Yesterday’s match against England provided an answer: The Bender brothers. It is way to early to pick them as reliable successors considering Ilkay Gundogan’s and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s return. But if Schweinsteiger and Gundogan won’t make it in time as well Sven Bender and Lars Bender could deliver an option or two.

The former Arsenal target and his brother from Borussia Dortmund were evidently hyped up to play together again and did a decent job defensively – Dortmund’s Sven Bender more then Leverkusen’s Lars Bender.

Despite every objection the German defence was rock solid for the first time in a long while thanks to the Bender brothers. This could have been the chance they had been waiting for.

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