Florian Kohfeldt found great words of praise for his youngster Eren Dinkci in the press conference. In the coming season, the 19-year-old is “a clear candidate” for the regular repertoire at Werder Bremen. 90min interprets the statements of the Bremen head coach and lists three potential scenarios that result from what has been said.
After Dinkci had moved into the background, as expected, after a dream start including a last-minute goal against Mainz 05 (first league game, first ball contact, first goal), Kohfeldt maneuvered his protégé in an interview with the PICTURE-The newspaper now back on the front stage. “For me, Eren is a clear candidate who will be a very, very permanent part of the tribe or a wider circle of those who play regularly from next season,” was the quintessence of the enthusiastic trainer, who particularly emphasized his penalty area striker’s willingness to learn.
“Eren brings with him elements that are in demand in top-class football.”
– Florian Kohfeldt via BILD
Not least because of this, the gifted striker, who has already rushed into the field of vision of Juventus Turin, is quite far ahead in the competition for the Bremen center forward position. And that despite the fact that players like Niclas Füllkrug, Davie Selke, Josh Sargent, Yuya Osako, Nick Woltemade and returnee Johannes Eggestein are also making great demands on the said position at the moment.
Dinkci’s performance data for the Werder professionals:
So why Dinkci of all people? And why (right now) these extremely praising words? Three scenarios at a glance:
Werder would like to develop young players into Bundesliga stars. This is one of the reasons why half a dozen elderly veterans were fired last summer. Theodor Gebre Selassie and Niklas Moisander’s contracts also expire towards the end of the season.
Bremen’s squad is getting younger and wilder. The rejuvenation cure cited many times has long been bearing fruit. Players like Romano Schmid, Felix Agu and Jean Manuel Mbom form an important part of the Bremen professional squad.
Real rockets are also waiting for their breakthrough offensively. Including Dinkci, his colleague Nick Woltemade, who is two months younger. Already a few weeks ago Kohfeldt emphasized: “We totally believe in Nick. For me he can be an extraordinary player in the Bundesliga.”
Whether the praising and promising words of the Bremen football teacher will come true in the future is in the stars. The fact is, however, that Kohfeldt likes to work with his “young savages” and also works extremely well.
Kohfeldt’s hymn of praise is certainly not well received by pessimists. The 38-year-old’s words can indeed be seen as a belly brush.
Dinkci, who currently has an amateur contract until 2022, will soon be receiving a proper salary increase including a professional contract. This is likely to be linked to further missions. Werder recently showed Dinkci a clear plan and hopes (despite many interested parties) that the attacker, who moved to Osterdeich in 2019, will remain in the long term.
Why is Kohfeldt leaning so hard out the window right now? Words of praise are one thing, a guarantee of commitment is another. It is quite possible that the Bremen-based company would like to use these words to convince their youngster to sign a long-term contract.
Do the words of praise for Dinkci perhaps even come from an upcoming departure? The center forward position at SV Werder is still well staffed. Yuya Osako is most likely to leave the club in the summer, but Josh Sargent will not get a full turn either.
In his third Bundesliga season, the US boy still lacks punch and the right nose for the opposing case. The potential is undoubtedly there, but the 21-year-old just doesn’t really get going at Werder.
The green-whites need money, as is well known, and the market value of the US national player is an impressive nine million euros. In the event of a lucrative offer, manager Frank Baumann should not withdraw before discussions. An exit is therefore not ruled out. His potential successor would be Dinkci, who should try his luck with enough advance praise.