Since Mario Gomez's emergence in 2006/2007 season, i really can't think of many forwards who is internatonal team calibre in the league. yes, 6-7 years Manuel Fischer, Schieber, Sukuta-Pasu, Mlapa, Lennart Thy n Scheidhauer who were rated highly have still yet to establish themselves in the league. I think players' quality is apparently an issue, but they were never given enough chances also becuase all the clubs are always willing to heavily invest in their striker department every summer, especially when there is only one starting CF spot on the pitch. When there is a star/proven/expereinced friegne striker joining, n there is only one starting CF spot, its logical that the clubs prefer the expereinced foreign strikers ahead of the young, inexpereinced local striker no matter how talented they are. And thats an issue more than the players' potential or talent. Young strikers are either rotten on the bench or being used as a midfielder like Aaron Hunt, Thomas Mueller, Andre Schuerrle and Esswein. Playing out of their best position or the position where they've been trained earlier through their young professional career. Obviously, clubs' overuse of foreign strikers have a big influence; but what makes things worse is the popularity of 4-5-1 formation. There is only one CF in the system. Young German striker may have to compete with 3-4 more experienced strikers for the only CF role. It will be a lot harder/more competitive than a system with two strikers instead. back in the days, when teams were using 2-strikers formation, even a young striker being the 3rd CF in a team roster, he still have many chances to perform off the bench n make impressions even as a sub. Nowadays, being a 3rd striker in a roster means u are not getting ANY playing time AT ALL. Consider teams always have 3 options ahead: 1st CF option, play strikerless, 2nd CF option While other countries like Italy, France, Brazil, England, Holland have a number of good striker prospects coming through, who's Germany's next after Mario Gomez? I think the problem is getting more desperate as Klose is retiring soon, and we have no other decent striker option other than Mario Gomez, or maybe Max Kruse (who did well for Freiburg but need prove himself in Gladbach again after the move, but still not NT calibre imo) Niclas Fullkrug, Marvin Ducksch and Timo Werner(!) who are seen as future hope of Germany's strikers are used as midfielders for their teams in preseason. And they all have the perfect game as modern strikers as they are fast, technical, creative, clinical finishers n have the killer instinct u want in a striker who play up top. In Fullkrug n Ducksch's case, they both are 6'2" or over n have prototype size for the position. but playign them at AM just to ensure they have playing time? does that mean we are gonna lose 3 Cfs with star potential n become above average AMs where the NT have found a log-jam already? Is that the future? young strikers will never be given enough chances at their natual position, as expereinced/proven froeign strikers will be used ahead of the young/inexpereinced young domestic strikers; Teams are gonna invest heavily on strikers every summer as there is only one starting CF spot on the pitch; young strikers are either benched or being used as AMs. Will this happen to the next crops of talented striker prospects like Dominik Martinovic, Johannes Eggestein and Paul Besong as well? So when are we gonna have a decent striker prospect emerged after Mario gomez in 06/07?