Will Julian Nagelsmann choose experience over youth?

Julian Nagelsmann is preparing for his first two games as Germany’s new national head coach. The 36-year-old is Die Mannschaft’s youngest manager since Otto Nerz in 1926. However, will Nagelsmann opt for experience over youth as he sets his sights on the upcoming friendlies and next summer’s Euros? 

The former Bayern Munich coach has already called back the likes of Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, both 34 years old. The former World Cup winners were out of favour with Hansi Flick as he tried to bring through the next generation of German talent. 

During the first few training sessions in the United States, Nagelsmann has been seen in deep discussion with Hummels, who is rumoured to play a big part in the new coach’s squad. Likewise, it’s believed that Müller will also feature in an attacking role. 

In fact, there could be six players in the starting eleven that face the USA who are 30 or over. This includes captain Ilkay Gündoğan (32), Thomas Müller (34), Mats Hummels (34), Niclas Füllkrug (30), Marc-André ter Stegen (31), and Antonio Rüdiger (30).

On average, this could be one of the oldest German teams in a good number of years. Only the likes of Jamal Musiala (20) and Florian Wirtz (20) bring down the average age.

When you look at the current situation, it’s no surprise that Nagelsmann is opting for experienced players. Germany has struggled in their transition in bringing in the next generation apart from one or two players. The youngsters are either not there or ready. Nagelsmann will most likely rely on a trusted core of individuals who have been there and done it.   

GGFN | Jamie Allen

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