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Several other talents are well on their way to stardom. Although they are unlikely to be among Loew’s most relied-upon players in 2014, they stand a realistic chance of being called up before the World Cup.
Emre Can: The 18-year-old midfielder and defender made his professional debut for Bayern in the DFB-Pokal in August before being sent to the reserves. He is talented and very versatile, but will likely need to spend some time on loan if he is to become a star in the Bundesliga before 2014. Probability of being called up: 1/10
Matthias Ginter: The centre-back made his senior debut in January, two days after his 18th birthday. At the time, his use came out of despair, as Freiburg's defense had conceded a league-worst 39 goals before the winter break. SCF's fortunes turned sharply thereafter and by no coincidence: Even in his youth, Ginter has become a key figure for his team. However, given the nature of his position and Loew's hesitance to experiment with teenage defenders, Ginter may have to wait until after the World Cup for a chance. Probability of being called up: 1/10
Leon Goretzka: He may have been born in 1995, but Bochum tried to grant him a professional debut in January, only to have DFL regulations thwart their attempts. The central midfielder likens himself to Toni Kroos and is already a regular starter in the Bundesliga 2. If he can make the jump to a stronger Bundesliga 1 team in the next 12 months, he stands a better chance even than Emre to join Loew’s squad. Probability of being called up: 2/10
Samed Yesil: “Gerd,” as he’s often called, may be just 18 years of age, but he is already making an impression with Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’ revolution has seen Yesil placed in training sessions with the first team, and the youngster greatly impressed in his debut for the first team in a recent League Cup match. The Duesseldorf native has a long way to go, but Loew is in great need of center forwards and undoubtedly will give him a try if the player gives him any reason to. Already a technical phenomenon, the limiting factor will be Yesil’s physical development. Probability of being called up: 3/10