Hertha jewel Luca Netz: slowed down in the fast lane

Luca Netz is one of the greatest talents in German football. However, he is currently struggling with a serious injury – once again.

“Hertha shock” was the headline of the Berlin medium BZ At the end of March of this year, when Luca Netz, the capital’s rising football star, suffered a metatarsal fracture during training. Operation, season-off, the second severe setback in injury for the 17-year-old youngster within a year.

The promising left foot broke his foot in June 2020 and had to pause for three months as a result. “That is very sad, especially because it is the second serious injury in a very short time,” said DFB junior coach Christian Wück, who has been with the network since the U15 national team, in an interview SPOX and goal. Wück adds: “But that shows that the career does not always go straight, but can often be peppered with detours.”

For a long time, detours were sought in vain in the still young career of Luca Netz. Born in the Berlin district of Buch, Netz made his first footballing attempts at FSV Bernau, for whom his father Andre played in the second team. At the club from the Barnim district, Netz quickly stood out, after an inspection training he was hired as a seven-year-old at the big Hertha, where he ran through all the BSC youth teams.

Due to his excellent physical conditions, Netz was used regularly in older age groups. Without pursuing a specific plan B, it was clear to Netz early on that he wanted to become a professional: “When I started playing football, I wanted that, actually for my entire life,” he said recently in an interview with the Märkischen Oderzeitung.

Luca Netz: Shortly before the debut, the first damper

But Netz worked hard, fought its way back. Shortly before his fracture was completely healed, he was awarded the prestigious Fritz Walter medal in bronze behind Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz and Bayern talent Torben Rhein. A few months later, shortly after the turn of the year, the debut in Germany’s Beletage followed. Labbadia brought Netz, who mainly acts as a left-back but can also be used further up the flank, in the 3-0 win against Schalke for Marvin Plattenhardt four minutes before the final whistle.

Netz became the second youngest Bundesliga player in the club’s history, only Lennart Hartmann was 96 days younger in 2008 at 17 years and 136 days. Netz made an impression, was allowed to mix in five times in a row, at the end of January his first full-distance game was recorded (1: 4 against Bremen). “There are few players who are left-footed and have such a good shot with their right,” said Labbadia, praising his protégé.

Netz then scored his first goal with his stronger foot, in Stuttgart he got the important 1-1 just before the end after a nice pass from Sami Khedira. “His exceptional left foot and his speed are among Luca’s greatest strengths,” said Wück of Netz’s advantages. “The combination of these two qualities makes him so valuable. I am also impressed by his assertiveness. Once he starts rolling with the ball on his foot, he is difficult to stop.”

These same qualities did not go unnoticed by the domestic competition. Ironically, record champions Bayern Munich are said to have shown interest in a commitment, network as a possible replacement for Alphonso Davies. If there was initially talk of the end of the contract in the summer, the kicker reported in February that the working paper was valid until 2023. The contract is expected to be expanded even further in the near future.

“Sure, that’s something very special,” Netz said when he heard of the Märkischen Oderzeitung on the rumored FCB interest was raised. The fact that it ultimately did not come to the change, the Munich allegedly withdrew their offer, did not disappoint him. Perhaps in any case a rather beneficial circumstance for the rough diamonds described by Wück as very down-to-earth and calm, not yet to switch to the class leader, which from a media point of view is rougher than at Hertha.

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