Toni Kroos is a name that has been around for a number of years, which is strange when you think that he has only just turned 20. But there is good reason for this: He is a very good footballer.
Making his name at the Under 17 World Cup in 2007, where he would pick up The Golden Shoe awarded to the best player of the tournament, Kroos seemed destined to be a superstar from the off.
He had a whirlwind start to his Bayern Career; he provided two assists and played a major part in helping them progress in the Uefa Cup, providing another assist and scoring the winner against Red Star Belgrade. He looked to have cemented his tag as on of the hottest young properties on the planet.
But for one reason or another—possibly being so young—it didn't work out at Bayern. So in January 2009, he signed a long term loan deal with Bayer Leverkusen.
At Leverkusen, he has steardily improved over the last 12 months, benefiting from regular first team action and playing in a winning side. We have seen the true quality of the young German playmaker.
His performances have impressed national team coach Joachim Loew too. Kroos has been called into the squad for the upcoming friendly against Argentina. Kroos is also being tipped by many to also make the squad for the World Cup squad in South Africa.
Due back at Bayern for the start of next season, Kroos can be sure that he will have a better run in the side this time round. Coach Louis van Gaal has proven this season that he will play the younger players if he believes they are good enough, and Kroos is certainly good enough.
With the possibility of World Cup experience to boot, something tells you we will be seeing a lot more of Toni Kroos in the near future.