According to Bild, both Niclas Füllkrug and Leroy Sané could be two possible changes to the Germany line-up for their crunch match against Costa Rica on Thursday. Thanks to Füllkrug’s equalising goal against Spain last Sunday, Germany must simply beat their opponents on the final matchday and hope that Spain beat Japan. However, there is an incentive to score goals should Japan draw their game.
Füllkrug is Germany’s only out-and-out striker and proved he has that natural forward’s instinct that can help you convert chances. So far this season, the Werder Bremen striker has netted 10 Bundesliga making him the most prolific German in Europe’s top leagues.
The rise of the 29-year-old has been quite something. He has played much of his career in the 2. Bundesliga, only made his senior Germany debut against Oman last week and now has a World Cup goal to his name. Füllkrug will give Germany someone to aim for, playoff, and most importantly score goals. Don’t be surprised to see him in the starting 11 against Costa Rica this Thursday.
The other contender is Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sané who came off the bench against Spain for the remaining 20 minutes. The winger would have most likely been starting this World Cup if it wasn’t for his knee injury. With dribbling ability and an eye for goal, he would be perfect for a game such as the one coming up. What’s more, with the reintroduction of Sané, it would allow Jamal Musiala to play a more central role possibly behind Füllkrug. Musiala has been Germany’s beacon of hope so far this tournament and playing him in a more familiar number 10 role would be a massive bonus.
GGFN | Jamie Allen