UEFA European Under-21 Championship: German Players You Should Keep an Eye on
The German Under-21 National Team will be a major contender for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Many of the players who have been called up are not internationally known, but could make a name for themselves this summer in Israel.
Here are five German footballers you should keep an eye on during the Under-21 European Championship.
Bernd Leno will be in goal for Rainer Adrion's Under-21 squad.
The Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper will most likely be Adrion's preferred choice. Leno is one of the most talented young goalkeepers in Germany and will do well if he is given the chance.
Although Timo Horn of FC Cologne and Oliver Baumann of SC Freiburg are worthy of the No.1 goalkeeper spot, Leno should have the advantage.
His Leverkusen team finished third in the Bundesliga with Leno starting 32 games between the posts and recording 78 saves.
Horn did not play in any Bundesliga matches this season but did manage to start in two German Cup games where he had six saves.
Baumann, on the other hand, could be given the gloves if Leno does not perform well during the tournament. In his 39 matches this season, he has recorded 124 saves.
However, Leno should still be the starting goalie coming into the tournament as he has proven his worth to Adrion's side over the past few months and has been the consistent starter for the team.
Sebastian Jung has already been called up to Germany's senior squad but has yet to make his debut.
The Eintracht Frankfurt player could be given another chance to prove his worthiness to Joachim Loew if he performs well in Israel.
The young defender could become a vital part of the senior team setup in upcoming years. The team will lose current captain and right-back Philipp Lahm in a few years, and Jung is likely to be his successor.
Similar to Lahm, Jung is an exceptional passer. However, compared to the Bayern Munich captain, Jung has an outside shot that is not nearly as accurate.
He could use this tournament to improve his shooting and show that he really is worthy of being the next right-back for the German national team.
According to some fans, Patrick Herrmann is the next Marco Reus.
Herrmann was a teammate of Reus' when they both played at Borussia Monchengladbach. Since Reus left, Herrmann has taken over and made the team his.
The attacking midfielder represents the best that Germany has to offer in the future.
He is very offensive-minded and strong on counter-attacks. The young German also has very good passing abilities which will of course come in handy throughout the Under-21 Championships.
Herrmann will be one of Germany's strongest players in this tournament. He could make the biggest difference in any of the team's matches.
Lewis Holtby is the most well-known footballer representing Germany at the European Championship.
Many people saw him week in and week out throughout 2013 playing for Tottenham Hotspur.
He will captain the Under-21 team in the tournament as it looks to secure another title.
Fans of English football have not been able to see all that Holtby is capable of during the Barclays Premier League season but will be given a great opportunity this summer.
Holtby's passing will be a huge part of Adrion's game plan. He will most likely control the midfield through his captain.
The young German is exceptional at through balls and crossing, though he has not been able to showcase either of those skills much because of his limited playing time at White Hart Lane.
All eyes will be on Holtby when the Germans take the field for the first match against the Netherlands on June 6th.
Emre Can is only 19 years old, but he will be on the German Under-21 team heading to Israel.
The youngster is a Bayern Munich product but has only played in four games and managed to score one goal this past season.
However, Adrion sees the potential in Can and could put him to work in the tournament.
Although it will be very difficult for Can to make the Bayern Munich first team, he can put forth a good impression for incoming manager Pep Guardiola, if given the opportunity.
This will be his first call-up to the Under-21 team, but he has the ability to be an important member of the squad.
Can is a particularly skilled midfielder who can attack but also drop back and defend. Any team in Israel would find a use for him, and surely Germany will as well.