By Sir Hardly Anyone
There are all sorts ways of entering the rankings and then become someone who might just make it to the world cup. You can score goals, you can give assists, you can play through balls that no one else in the stadium can see. You can win almost every tackle and every header.
Or you can just be incredibly solid and dependable. The problem with this latter approach is that when you sign for Arsenal the bloggettas will announce that the club has no ambition. Especially if you are a left back. Solid and dependable is not what the all-knowing pundits want. Not at all!
That is the problem for Marvin Plattenhardt. He played the whole game for Germany against Brazil and hardly got a mention. He might go to the world cup he might not although with Germany that is true of an awful lot of players.
Plattenhardt is 26, and experienced the 2014 World Cup by watching it on TV. Since then he has played five internationals. And always he does the same thing: he does his job inconspicuously. He is even a player, Löw expressly praised after the 1-1 draw against Spain, although Plattenhardt had not played. What Löw did on that occasion was praise his performance against France in November!
When Plattenhardt was approached at the press conference before the Brazil match concerning what the national coach had said, he said all the things that football players just say: “Such statements will please any player.” Truthfully, he added, “But I think the nomination was not that, it was just a statement from the national coach, I want to put my best foot forward, show what I can do, and show myself that I can do it with the national team.”
So far, so very football.
Joachim Loew has not always said nice things about his left-back, for years he has made it clear that in his view in Germany the country is not rich in above-average talented left-backs. And indeed on occasion he has said that quite clearly. Once he said it about Marcel Schmelzer from Borussia Dortmund. Indeed he spelt it out, saying, “He did not play well against Austria,” which in German international speak is pretty damning. That was in 2012. He is still searching for the left back that he thinks fits the German team.
The national media have called the left back position a “small to medium construction site position,” suggesting that there is no other position that has caused him so much of a headache.
On 20 May 2014, he signed a three-year contract with Hertha BSC. He scored his first goal for the club on 12 December 2015, scoring a free kick in a 4–0 win away to SV Darmstadt 98. On 11 March 2017, Plattenhardt scored the winning goal in a 2–1 win over Borussia Dortmund, his seventh competitive league goal, all of which have come from free kicks. Which tells us something.
And here is his record in terms of appearances
|2010–2011||1. FC Nürnberg II||46||0|
|2010–2014||1. FC Nürnberg||63||2|
And now… is he coming to Arsenal? Well, no one in the big wide world of make believe says so. So that makes this little commentary different from most. There is no “according to the XYZ Media outlet” and “according to reports in Germany” and all that malarky. But I heard a little whisper. Of course it was in German so my translation mechanisms might have been up the spout, but there is this thought lurking around. No one seems to be mentioning it which in any other form of human endeavour could be a negative but with transfers it is a positive bonus.
Remember this is my own personal one and only real tip of the summer. Marvin Plattenhardt to Arsenal. If I am right you will never hear the end of it. If I am wrong, I shall of course, as always, deny everything.
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