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Max Meyer flourished in a free-roaming role under Stefan Böger for the Germans during the 2012 Euro U-17s.
The UEFA technical committee noted Meyer's prowess in a tournament that lacked goals:
Only two players found the net more than once, both of them Germans, neither of them strikers.
Max Meyer, top scorer with three, operated as shadow striker or wide on the left in the line of three in their 4-2-3-1; Leon Goretzka, a powerful upfield runner from a screening-midfielder position, scored two from set plays.
For the Schalke U-19s, he scored 21 times and registered 13 assists in 29 games, giving you an idea how dominant the fleet-footed playmaker is.
He was awarded the 2012 Fritz Walter silver medal, with the gold going to Bochum midfielder Goretzka, who's now a Schalke player.
But can Meyer make a smooth transition from youth to senior level?
The right side will belong to Jefferson Farfán, who led the club in shots created per game. And with every passing month, Julian Draxler looks more and more like a German Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 19-year-old 6'2" Draxler is at home on the left as a attacking midfielder, but he's also had success in a deep-lying forward position.
Should Meyer's career hit a brick wall, he'll have to seek greener pastures, which was what Mesut Özil did in 2008.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich; 18): The Tampa-born player is known to Pep Guardiola after a hat trick in a preseason game.
He started on the left, showed pace and left a memorable impression.
Reserve manager Erik ten Hag, who's overseeing the development of Alessandro Schöpf, Kevin Friesenbichler (currently injured), Patrick Weihrauch, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Vladimir Rankovic, et al., will be informing Guardiola of how gifted Green is.
So far in Green's first three games for Bayern II, he's scored twice and created three goals.
He's not going to make many appearances for Guardiola, but the American-born-German is one to put on your watch-list.
By the way, Ten Hag's Bayern II team already have a goal difference of +14 a few weeks into the season.
Marc Stendera (Eintracht Frankfurt; 17): With Alexander Meier out, Stendera was a surprise starter in an April league game vs. Schalke.
Even if he doubled his age, he would've been four years younger than veteran goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, who made nine saves that day.
Stendera started in the No. 10 position, flanked by Takashi Inui on the left and Stefan Aigner on the right.
The teenager was rash in possession, giving away the ball left, right and centre, but he did get an assist and would've scored if not for the woodwork.
Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg; 19): He was 15 when he played for the Wolfsburg U-17s. Seventeen when he made his Bundesliga debut. Eighteen when he netted his first Bundesliga goal. Nineteen will be the year he adjusts to playing regularly. He started five league games last season, scoring three times in a deep-lying forward role.