On Wednesday there was a new face at SV Werder Bremen‘s training. His name is Joshua Sargent. At the beginning of the year, the US-American came to the Weser. He left his home club St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri and is now slowly introduced to the professional team.
Sargent could need time
In the preparation for the Rückrunde, the 17-year-old first took part in the training camp of Bremen’s U23 in Spain. In two friendlies he scored one goal and assisted another one.
“He is big, strong and good at the age of 17,” Thomas Delaney praised the new colleague, who was immediately called to the pros by coach Florian Kohfeldt this week. “He has great talent,” the Dane continues,”but I’m sure he needs time.”
The Werder managers also want to give him that. This season the striker will not be used in either the 1st or 3rd league. Because he is not allowed to sign his first contract as a professional footballer until his 18th birthday in February, he cannot be re-registered for the Rückrunde. This means that only friendly games and training sessions remain until summer, both for the pros and the reserve.
Head coach Florian Kohfeldt is already full of praise:
“He’s already moving very well, […] and simply has an intuitively good behavior as a striker,” is the initial assessment of the newcomer.
However, the Bremer do not want to put pressure on him. But at the same time also don’t want to hold the talented US-American back:
“I want to see him with us every now and then, in order to make him feel that this is the way he should take at Werder,” emphasizes Kohfeldt.
Sargent has a ton of talent
“Sargent is the typical number nine striker. He is good at holding up play, he is strong on the ball, but also deceivingly quick. But, the most impressive thing about his game is how clinical he is in front of goal,” the online portal “starsandstripesfc. com” wrote after the U20 World Championship.
John Hackworth, the former U-17 coach of the American national team, attested that the 1.80-metre tall striker has “tons of talent” and an “outstanding work ethic”.
Since many top clubs were also interested in the right footer, Werder succeeded in making a real transfer coup. According to information from ESPN journalist Taylor Twellman, even FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were outdone. However, people shouldn’t make the mistake of expecting too much from the young talent.
First of all, it is important for him to learn about a new culture and a new environment and to work step by step for his goal. However, “It is not impossible for him to join our professional squad,” Werder manager Frank Baumann told DeichStube.