The 20-year-old emerged out of semi-professional division obscurity with Bayern Munich last September, forcing star strikers Luca Toni and Mario Gomez to the bench with his goalscoring before going on to become the discovery of the season in the Bundesliga, the discovery of the Champion's League with his assists and goals, helping Bayern to the final, a surprise uncapped inclusion in Joachim Low's provisional World Cup squad, a surprise in the final team still with 0 appearances for Germany, a surprise starter against Australia, a surprise first-goal scorer of the tournament for Germany, and a surprise tournament assist leader and top scorer to win the golden boot. How much more can this young lad do? His offensive ability is second to few. Although he looks ungraceful when he plays, he has an incredible gift of efficiency and results already worthy of the most legendary German players. He had five goals and three assists, but his lack of experience prevented him from imposing himself on tougher opposition.
His absence for Germany made them falter against Spain, and his return made them overcome Uruguay.