One to Watch: Patrick Herrmann

Posted on June 14, 2011

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Despite Borussia Dortmund stealing the main headlines in the Bundesliga last season, the fairytale ending to the season involved a team at the bottom of the table who were in the relegation positions from matchday six and still managed to pull off ‘The Great Escape‘.

Lucien Favre was appointed mid-way through the season following a dismal start to the campaign with Michael Frontzeck who was eventually sacked with Gladbach languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Favre’s impact was evident on Gladbach’s results as they lost just six games out of 16 from the beginning of February.

The Swiss coach is building a side with many younger players at Borussia Park, including Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Tony Jantschke, Havard Nordtveit and Marco Reus, but one of the stars coming through at Gladbach is 20-year-old midfielder Patrick Herrmann.

Herrmann featured 24 times for Gladbach last season in the Bundesliga and scored three goals in his 15 starts for Lucien Favre’s side. In 2009/2010, he made 13 appearances for Gladbach, scoring just the one goal.

The right-midfielder, is just as comfortable in central or left midfield and even at right full-back and likes to get in to the box – as proven in the 6-3 win over Bayer Leverkusen where he scored twice.

With Marco Reus featuring more as a striker in the second part of the season, Herrmann was gifted more opportunities to shine and was a regular feature in the side under Favre when he was available.

For a wide-midfielder, Herrmann offers different attributes to the likes of Reus and other young German wide players in the Bundesliga and Gladbach have a solid partnership between him and Tony Jantschke on the right-hand side.

Herrmann is capable of tucking in to the centre of the pitch and has a good ability to arrive in the box at the right time as shown by his first goal in Leverkusen last season.

He has represented Germany on a number of occasions at youth level from U17-U21 with 25 youth international appearacnes in total. The midfielder showed his ability to score goals from wide positions with four goals in those matches, one of them coming for the German U21s.

Herrmann has made it clear that his big goal is to feature for the German national team and he is driven on by a photograph of the national team in Gladbach’s training complex.

Reflecting on his move from Saarbrücken at 16, he said: “At the time I had a lot of offers. I turned down Bayern Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Freiburg and Hertha. Gladbach’s offer was most appealing and you receive your opportunity quick than at a top team.”

The midfielder will continue to get opportunities next season with Reus preferred as a second-striker by Lucien Favre and that could push him further towards his goal of a place in the German national team.

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