I do feel very grateful towards the young German prospect Marc Stendera. The day this piece on him is published, he scored two goals versus Hannover 96 to secure an important 2-1 for "die Adler" from Frankfurt. A highly interesting and exciting player, equipped with vision as well as speed and excellent agility and technical ability. He is Eintracht's gem and I am sure they are keen to keep him as long as they can.
Born in Kassel, he only arrived to Eintracht Frankfurt's youth academy in 2010 and started off by quickly impressing in his new colours. He became a symbol of a new Frankfurt. As one of the founders of the Bundesliga the expectations were always high on the team and they had struggled to live up to the standards many people thought they should. In 2012, Stendera began to show his quality at the age of 17. Since then he has played 44 games for the club and has scored five goals and contributed with six assists. Still only 19 years old, who knows what the future has planned for him. Where will he end up? What will he achieve? Wherever he ends up, be it Frankfurt or Barcelona, he will show why he once was seen as one of the brightest prospects in German football.
A rather unknown player, he makes things happen behind the likes of Alex Meier and Haris Seferovic in a interesting Frankfurt that has scored 16 and conceded 17 this season so far. His position is attacking midfield, even though he was deployed as somewhat a defensive midfielder during last spring when injuries ravaged Eintracht. He did very well as a defensive midfielder, which shows his diversity. Useful, talented and blessed with a great right foot, Frankfurt have got a jewel, something to build a team around.
However, the top clubs in Europe may be looking at him already, ready to put in a bid. As an attacking midfielder, his competition for the place in an eventual German first team is heavy. Max Meyer, Julian Brandt, Levin Öztunali, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sané can all play as an attacking midfielder, so Stendera has to be at the top of his game, would the day come. Marc Stendera. Remember the name. A part of German football's future golden generation. Whatever he achieves in his career, I am sure he will bring us all joy and excitement for years to come.
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