Moving to Germany for first-team football has become the vogue thing in football, particularly if you’re a youngster at a Premier League club.
Jadon Sancho’s success at Borussia Dortmund has sparked many youngsters to try their luck in the country, and Xavier Amaechi is among them.
The 18-year-old was previously at Arsenal, having joined them as a youngster in 2013 and worked his way up through their various age groups.
With first-team football unlikely, though, he elected to depart Arsenal this summer, making a £2.25m move to Hamburg SV in the German second division.
Naturally, he was hoping for more first-team chances with the German side, but that is yet to happen, with him managing just 38 minutes of football to date.
That’s caused some curiosity among the club’s fans, who were more than likely hoping he could be their own Sancho when he completed the move from Arsenal.
Fussball.news explain why he’s missing out today and say there are three reasons for his lack of minutes.
The first reason is because Amaechi ‘is not robust enough in the duel’, with Hamburg believing he ‘misses the hardness and body tension’ to win contests with defenders.
Secondly is that the club’s management don’t believe he uses ‘his pace and his strength well enough in dribbling’ with most of Amaechi’s runs ending with him not getting past his man.
This plays into the third issue, which is that Amaechi isn’t as mentally developed as yet, having only played in Arsenal’s youth ranks. Fussball say he will ‘have to learn to become mentally faster like any youth footballer.’
The website believes, however, that if things continue to go well for Hamburg, they’re currently second in the 2. Bundesliga table, Amaechi’s chances of minutes will increase as well.