The former national team’s first choice keeper is slowly running out of options.
The world of football is fast paced environment where things change quickly, one of many clichés being used time and time again. However, there is always a certain element of truth to clichés, and the case of René Alder proves just that. Adler was set to be the number one goalkeeper for Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa until an injury forced him to pull out of the World Cup 18 months ago. Since, Adler’s prospects have rapidly veined.
First the Leipzig born keeper lost his number one spot in the German national team to Manuel Neuer, who then went on to to sign a multi million euro deal with Bayern Munich. Adler’s dream of playing for Manchester United is as far off as it has ever been after the club decided to buy two young and promising goalkeepers in David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard.
It is all about the timing
Adler seems to be a victim of circumstance given how things have gone for him for the last 18 months. After losing his spot in the national team Adler failed to realize that extending his contract at Leverkusen would’ve been a smart move. Rudi Völler said that the club was willing to give the Leipzig born lad a one year extension, however, Adler’s demands were so high, or outlandish as Völler put it, that Leverkusen in the end lost interest.
Additionally Adler was injured in a pre-season friendly against Red Bull Salzburg, side lining him for the entire first half of the season. Leverkusen reacted by loaning 19-year-old Bernd Leno from VfB Stuttgart. Leno has had an excellent start to the season, rendering Adler’s return to the starting line-up unlikely.
Where to go from here?
Adler’s contract is running out at the end of the season, and with most European top teams being unlikely to be interested in signing him, the question is where Adler might end up in the end. Schalke and Hamburg have been linked with the East-German, but both teams temporary goaltending troubles have been resolved. Lars Unnerstall has been doing exceptional for the Royal Blues, while Jaroslav Drobny has upped his game turning himself into a fan favorite in Hamburg.
Hamburg’s sporting director Frank Arnesen told Sky on Thursday that he won’t buy or sell any players during the winter break, stating that the club was happy with Drobny’s performance. Even though Arnesen told the TV-channel that ”the summer will be an entirely different situation”, one might wonder if Hamburg wants to replace Drobny with an injury prone big wage earner.
It stands to be seen what will happen to René Adler, but at the current moment it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to find a top German club to pay his wages next season. But, as so often, clichés have some truth to them. And maybe these next six months might change things in Adler’s favor.
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