2010 Awards – #2 Young Player of the Year – Ozil

22 Dec

Ozil has followed a path I wish more more English players would follow. He starred for the succesful U21 German team, before making the seamless step up to the full national team. It seems in England a player with any potential is thrown straight into the deep end and almost bypasses playing in an international U21 tournament. I know there are exceptions to this, Joe Hart being a good example, but in general young English players are not exposed to the competition environment enough early in their career.

Anyway back to Ozil…what a year, superb at club level and outstanding at the World Cup. He has continued to shine at Madrid and seems totally unfazed by pressure (yes he was rubbish against Barcelona, I know).

Notable mentions to Javier Pastore, Gareth Bale, Pedro, David De Gea, Jack Wilshere, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku,


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