Since the corona pandemic in particular, financially weaker teams have been dependent on their own offspring. 1. FC Köln falls into this category and, in Steffen Baumgart, has a coach who promotes but also challenges talent.
With seven points from four games, FC made a surprisingly strong start to the season. This was also thanks to the “local players”. After all, with ten players, the Domstadt-Klub has the largest number of players in the national league.
The past has shown that good young players always mature in Cologne. Let us only think of the boy prodigy Florian Wirtz, but also of Yannick Gerhardt and Ismail Jakobs, who meanwhile earn their bread elsewhere.
However, a number of homegrown players are still active at FC. These include veterans like Timo Horn and Marc Uth, but also young hopefuls like Salih Özcan, Jan Thielmann and Noah Katterbach.
For FC it is now a matter of discovering, promoting and retaining long-term talents from its own offspring. In the case of Florian Wirtz, at least in parts, things went really wrong, which has significantly damaged the club.
“We have a very good youth work and we will continue to tie players to us, in whom we recognize the potential,” promised Baumgart geissblog.koeln. “There will be changes there too,” he announced.
Sounds like some groundbreaking talks are pending at FC for some young footballers. Ultimately, it is not a matter of dragging along a mass of decent players, but rather identifying and promoting the top talent.
“We will not let ourselves be fooled by the outside world, not by consulting firms. We will make clear decisions as a club. We want to keep the guys who help us. In one case or another, you have to get involved with guys who only believe it separate “, continues the Effzeh coach.
A clear announcement from the FC coach, which some may have to see as a warning shot in order to get even more out of themselves. After all, it is far from the case that every home-grown product currently plays a major role.
Noah Katterbach, for example, has not played at all in the current season after his strong approaches in the past seasons. Baumgart made it clear that the youngster first had to fight his way up to the professional squad via the U21s.
Another problem child is Sava-Arangel Cestic, who was supposed to be awarded, but wanted to assert itself in Cologne. However, the defender did not see a country this season and played exclusively for Cologne II in the Regionalliga West.
Baumgart’s tough statement makes it clear. that Effzeh cannot and does not want to drag any players through. Fortunately, there are also other examples that prove that the Cologne offspring are on the right track.
Jan Thielmann, Tim Lemperle (both 19) and Tomas Ostrak (21) were all able to enter the scorer list in the young season. With Castrop, Sponsel, Wydra or Diehl, further talents are in the starting blocks. The quartet was allowed to train noticeably often in the preparation for the season.
The billy goats have a good chance of showing their own youth work in a very positive light. Sometimes it also has advantages when a necessity becomes a virtue.