Brisbane Roar's 19-year-old Australian super sub Kwame Yeboah could be destined for failure by joining German club Borussia Monchengladbach, one of the four Bundesliga teams on course to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.
"[Gladbach have] been scouting [Yeboah] for a few weeks and they know a talent when they see one," Roar manager Mike Mulvey said, via Marco Monteverde at The Courier-Mail. "They wanted him for the final half of this season, and I'm not going to argue with them about what's good for Kwame."
Sitting on the bench for Gladbach II in the Regionalliga West (German fourth division) is not good for Yeboah, who clearly has not been following the Luuk de Jong saga.
De Jong, Gladbach's record €15 ($23.2) million signing, has been kicked to the curb by manager Lucien Favre.
There is no way back for de Jong, a two-footed No. 9 Dutch international with a knack for spectacular goals, as Favre's tactics go against de Jong's playing style.
Gladbach play a 4-4-2 with no conventional centre-forward. The "2" is comprised of Max Kruse and Raffael, two deep-lying forwards who drop into midfield to control the flow of the game.
If he cannot, then he is stylistically opposed to what Favre sees in the "2" of a 4-4-2, as is the case with de Jong.
Who knows what Yeboah's management are thinking.
Maybe they see an opening on the wings, where Yeboah could be the long-term successor to 33-year-old Venezuelan international Juan Arango, one of the league's best showmen in recent memory.
Yeboah's goal against the Wanderers demonstrated how dangerous he can be cutting in from the left and shooting with his right.
In theory, he could replace Arango on the left and play as an inverted winger.
Even if Yeboah doesn't break into the starting XI, won't he just carry on his impact sub role from Mulvey's Roar to Favre's Gladbach?
Generally speaking, two of Favre's three substitutions are attacking.
Branimir Hrgota, who scored 28 goals in 39 games for Swedish second-division club Jonkopings Sodra, has been subbed in 87.5 percent of Gladbach's league games thus far.
If de Jong leaves on loan in the January transfer window, his minutes off the bench will most likely be given to German youth international Amin Younes.
The other substitution has been reserved for utility player Havard Nordtveit in the past three league games.
Yes, Yeboah will be training with international-standard players at Gladbach in world-class facilities, but how will his development progress if he isn't playing regular first-team football?
Like fellow Australian Mathew Leckie, who didn't start a single Bundesliga game under Favre (made nine sub appearances in league play), Yeboah would have been better off signing for a modest club in the 2. Bundesliga.
Plunging into the deep end at Gladbach is an indication of how foolish fearless Yeboah is.
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