The enormous potential of Rapid jewel Yusuf Demir is likely to have got around the world by now – even as far as Denmark. During the press conference before the World Cup qualifier between Austria and Denmark, ÖFB team boss Franco Foda warned against comparing the 17-year-old prematurely with superstar Lionel Messi.
When the Danish journalists asked about his protégé Demir, Foda put this into perspective: “You have to be a little careful now.” “He is a young player who has now made his first appearance for the national team, but he has to develop further. It would be premature to compare him in any way with Messi,” said the national coach. “You’re not doing the young player any favors either, he’s Yusuf Demir,” continued Foda.
“But talent alone is not enough to get to the top. It takes hard work every day. You have to stay inquisitive, learn and develop every day,” added the 54-year-old, adding: “He’s definitely a player with a lot Creativity and individual class. He is good in one-on-one situations and at dribbling, very dangerous for goals, plays good final balls. “
Foda and his coaching team will decide “during the day” whether Demir will play a role against Denmark. The ÖFB team will meet the Danes on Wednesday evening (8:45 p.m.) in the Happel Stadium.