Mark Uth has already played for four clubs in two countries at the age of 26, with a fifth on the horizon when he completes his move from Hoffenheim to Schalke next summer, but the forward’s in no doubt that Julian Nagelsmann is the greatest tactical mind he has trained under.
“Tactically, he’s the best coach I’ve ever had,” Uth said in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com. “Julian has clear ideas and he knows exactly how to play against every opponent. I’ve never experienced anything like this before, with any coach. He’s had a huge part in my development. He’s made me much better.”
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Uth’s improvement hasn’t gone unnoticed by Schalke, and he will swap the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena for the Veltins Arena in June. The left-footed forward has every intention of adding to his 13 goals and two assists in all competitions for Nagelsmann’s side before he leaves, though.
“I’m not worried about [getting distracted],” he continued. “From the first minute that I knew I’d be transferring to Schalke I emphasised that I’d give everything for Hoffenheim until the very end. I want to do as well as possible and achieve all we can as a team.”
In Sandro Wagner, Niklas Süle, Sebastian Rudy and Serge Gnabry, Uth has a number of teammates past and present in contention for Joachim Löw’s Germany squad for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer – which will be announced on 15 May - but he’s not convinced he will join them despite his stellar form.
“Phew – I think it will be quite difficult this season!” said the attacker, who last represented his country at U20 level in 2010. “I would be very happy for Serge, and in his case I think his dream might come true. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I won’t give up hope but the World Cup might come too soon. I don’t think the coach will take an uncapped player.”