Hertha BSC a Big City Club? If only one had kept the homegrown ones
From Stefan Bröhl
Berlin – Demand and reality gaped Hertha BSC in the past few years partly far apart! The supposed “Big City Club” is still a gray mouse 1. Bundesliga and nips the interest of potential spectators with often unattractive football in the bud.
In addition, the old lady has another big problem: She makes shockingly little capital from the outstanding youth work for years and repeatedly relies on outside players who only see Hertha as a transit station and appear accordingly.
If you had only kept some of the homegrown ones that are showing strong performances elsewhere, you would not have gotten into the current situation in the first place. That may be unrealistic, because it is known to be very fast-paced in the professional sector and the ideas of the various parties (responsible – coach – player) sometimes differ widely, but at least a detailed train of thought is worth the idea of a team made up of its own talents.
Especially in the goalkeeper position you could and can only rub your eyes if you have followed the U17, U19 and U23 at least a little over the past 15 years. Here Hertha regularly produced great talents and junior national goalkeepers, but none of them (!) Made it permanently between the posts.
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This is particularly a shame for Marius Gersbeck (26), who is now one of the best second division goalkeepers and is the undisputed number one at Karlsruher SC. He already demonstrated his qualities in the B-youth when he drove Timo Werner (25) to despair with his parades in the championship final and kept it so brilliant that he was then nominated by the DFB for the U18.
Sascha Burchert, Nils Körber, Dennis Smarsch, Luis Klatte and Richard Strebinger have left Hertha
Gersbeck is Herthan through and through, followed the encounters between the professionals in the Ostkurve and would therefore have been a figure of identification for the fans. If only you had bet on him and not given him up.
The former U21 national finisher Nils Körber (24), who is currently only number three with the old lady, can only collect practice in the Regionalliga Nordost and will probably leave the club next summer, when his contract expires, also has no chance of appearing. is left.
Dennis Smarsch (22, FC St. Pauli), Luis Klatte (21, FC Hansa Rostock, both former German U19 national goalkeepers), Sascha Burchert (31, number one at SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Richard Strebinger (28, first keeper of SK Rapid Wien, once Austrian national goalkeeper) and the still active Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard (38, FC Helsingör) already left.
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In the right-back position, however, the old lady only produced one player who made it to the pros: Yanni Regäsel (25), who is currently without a club, but is nowhere near the class for the first division. In return, several excellent players emerged in central defense at Hertha.
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With Jordan Torunarigha (24), Marton Dardai (19) and Linus Gechter (17) three of them are still in the current squad. Anyway. However, they could be guided by two other central defenders.
John Anthony Brooks (28) is a regular and high performer at VfL Wolfsburg, Jerome Boateng (33) lace up his boots for the top French club Olympique Lyon. With the Tunisian national defender Omar Rekik (19, Arsenal FC U23) there would have been another talented player for this position – what a choice!
The same applies to the left defensive side, where the inconsistent but lightning-fast Maximilian Mittelstädt (24) has been commuting between the bench and the first team for years. Unfortunately, those responsible did not manage to keep the U21 national kicker Luca Netz (18), one of the greatest talents in years. He is now a regular at Borussia Mönchengladbach and should go his way.
With the former German national player Nico Schulz (28, Borussia Dortmund), Christopher Lenz (27, Eintracht Frankfurt) and Lennart Czyborra (22, Arminia Bielefeld) three other former Hertha youth players are under contract in the Bundesliga. The rock solid Fabian Holland (30) is a league deep captain and leader of the SV Darmstadt 98 and would have been a good option for the width as well.
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Coach Pal Dardai (45) would also be spoiled for choice in the midfield center if all of the active homebrews had stayed in Berlin. On the double six, the departure of U21 captain, European champion and German U19 champion Arne Maier (22), who moved to FC Augsburg before the season, hurts – a shame!
At his side could be Robert Andrich (27), who was trained by the old lady, but never got a chance with the professionals, had to take many detours and is now set for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after his strong performance at 1. FC Union Berlin . With Jonas Michelbrink (20) there is also a talented man in the field of vision of the professionals.
Three high-class technicians with a high level of game intelligence could act on the ten. Hany Mukhtar (27) is in top form at Nashville SC in the USA and would also be ready for the Bundesliga.
Lazar Samardzic (19) would be considered as his back-up, but left Hertha at his own request, could not prevail at RB Leipzig and is now trying his hand at Udinese Calcio in Serie A. With Kevin-Prince Boateng (34) is another Old hand from the golden generation of youngsters at the time also found this position.
The offer on the offensive flanks is significantly lower. Here the blue-whites also had some great talents, but they were not (yet) able to assert themselves decisively in the men’s field. In addition to Joker Dennis Jastrzembski (21), Palko Dardai (22), who is part of the regular staff in the 1st Hungarian league at MOL Fehervar FC, would be most likely.
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