Germany manager Joachim Low is not entirely impressed with Lukas Podolski’s club situation at present despite his impact against minnows Gibraltar, where he created two goals in their 4-0 win on Friday night.
The Arsenal attacker has started just one club match this season, the Gunners Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Southampton, and despite his efficiency when making cameo appearances he continues to be used sparingly by Arsene Wenger.
Podolski completed the full 90 minutes in the World Cup winners victory but struggled to keep up the intensity for the entire match – something Low chose to point out and feels the 29-year-old is suffering from a lack of regular match practice at club level.
Podolski was praised for creating Muller’s second and the own-goal, but the Germany boss singled out the areas he must improve. If he doesn’t, it appears the former Cologne star could be on his last legs for his country.
Low was quoted by Focus.de:
Lukas [Podolski] had good movement in the first-half. It is always the case when he gets forward and deep, then Lukas is dangerous, as shown in the second goal by Muller. After that, he must have a re-think and work.
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I know that it is currently difficult for him to go 90 minutes at a fast pace. This is simply because Lukas is a player who needs practice and competitions, only then does Lukas have the quality.
At the moment you have to say, unfortunately, he hasn’t had that in almost half a year. Ultimately, we need to consider, and he also, what happens in the next year for him.
The fact that Podolski is continually called on by Low is testament to the quality he can produce. He hit the nail on the head with the forwards efficiency and ability in the final third but his overall game leaves much to be desired.
Unfortunately the German’s situation will hardly improve between now and January with both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott back in contention. It’s a shame he has been overlooked in certain situations like against Swansea, but it appears Wenger has lost faith in the lethal left footer.
It seems almost certain he will be off in January. Do you see his situation changing? Share your thoughts below..