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‘Loew should play Volland’

Ottmar Roesch

Calcutta: Kevin Volland may have made just one appearance as of now for Germany. But given his abilities, the young forward could well turn out to be the surprise element in the upcoming World Cup should Joachim Loew finalise him for the final squad, feels TSG 1899 Hoffenheim athletic coach Ottmar Roesch.

“I don’t know whether Kevin will be selected for the main squad, but taking into account his capabilities, I have a feeling that Germany might need him for the World Cup.

“It’s his talent and ability that earned him a place in the provisional squad. Joachim Loew should play him,” Ottmar told The Telegraph on the sidelines of a football clinic, attended by around 50 school students, organised by the Debanjan Sen Foundation and project Goals, at the Calcutta Parsee Club, on Wednesday.

His figures aren’t bad at all as in 39 matches this season, the 21-year-old has found the target on 12 occasions.

“Kevin’s a very attacking footballer. The left-foot that he has is deadly to say the least.

“If he is in a position that allows to him unleash the left-footer, he will score on nine out of 10 occasions… This is what he’s capable of,” Ottmar emphasised.

The teamman in Volland, too, is a major advantage for the side he represents, Ottmar pointed out.

“He’s a perfect team man. He is ready to make necessary adjustments in his game as per the team’s requirements. He knows his game really well.”

Apart from Volland, Hoffenheim also comprises Bosnian Sejad Salihovic and United States’ Fabian Johnson, both of whom are part of their respective nation’s provisional World Cup squads. For Ottmar, both Salihovic and Johnson are automatic choices for their teams.

“Fabian operates mainly from the flanks and can really make a difference in the midfield. If you talk of Sejad, he can be positioned anywhere.

“Precisely, both Fabian and Sejad have had significant contributions behind us finishing ninth in the Bundesliga.”

Moving on to Hoffenheim’s performance in this season’s Bundesliga, Ottmar termed it as a “turnaround year” for the club.

“We were going through lots of problems at the beginning of the season. There were too many players in the squad and a lumpsum amount of money had been spent.

“We had a bad atmosphere around us with whole lot of criticisms from the media and so. But things slowly changed and at present, we won’t hesitate to call this our turnaround year,” he signed off.