What now, Cacau?

There are some tough times ahead for the 31-year-old Stuttgart striker.

He had been on the pitch for 110 seconds, when Mesut Özil exquisite pass found him, and he safely tucked it away. That was two years ago in the first match of the World Cup against Australia. Cacau had been a national team player for a little over a year back then, and was quickly turning into the number two striker behind Miroslav Klose, seemingly being a much better option than Mario Gomez.

After the World Cup Gomez managed to find his form, scoring goals right, left and centre, while Cacau’s struggled to deliver at Stuttgart. The Brazilian born striker has only scored 16 goals in the two Bundesliga seasons after he returned from the World Cup, all the while players like Marco Reus have managed to come through giving Joachim Löw other options up front. The star striker has only scored one goal for every four games he has played after the 2010 World Cup. Cacau told Bild that his exclusion was tough on him:

This is a massive disappointment, of course, and I need some distance, spending some time with my family getting over this decision. But, I think things will get back to normal in the next few days, and I’ll enjoy my time in Brazil together with my family. I’ll find the time to relax together with my family.

Cacau was dropped from the preliminary squad alongside keeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen, and the midfielders Sven Bender and Julian Draxler. The three youngster are likely to make a return to the national team, given their young age and their prior performances in the Bundesliga, if they keep performing. Cacau’s case might be different. He has fallen behind Vedad Ibisivic in the pecking order at Stuttgart, and is approaching the end of his playing days.

Leaving Stuttgart?

The 2011/12 has been tough on Cacau. The star striker was dropped from the team committee, and has now dropped to the bench, only making appearances towards the end of games.

Spending a lot of time warming the bench at Stuttgart has been frustrating for the striker, and Cacau is said to be willing to leave the club ahead of the next season according to several media reports. The striker told Bild already in early May that he’ll ”think through matters, and decide what to do during his holiday.” Being dropped from the national team’s squad for the Euros has certainly given Cacau the opportunity to take an extended holiday…

Stuttgart manager Fredi Bobic told Bild yesterday that letting Cacau leave wouldn’t be an option. A transfer might be Cacau’s best option at the moment, should he be determined to get more playing time and to make a return to the national team.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball and on the @AufstiegPod.

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