Could 2018/19 be Josh Sargent's breakthrough season with Werder Bremen? - © imago
Could 2018/19 be Josh Sargent's breakthrough season with Werder Bremen? - © imago
Bundesliga

Josh Sargent set to get his chance at Werder Bremen next season

Josh Sargent could be set to make his first-team breakthrough at Werder Bremen next season, with coach Florian Kohfeldt not interested in bringing a striker in during the summer transfer window.

American Sargent, who has struck four times in five games for the USMNT U20s, swapped Saint Louis for Bremen in January and has spent this season playing friendlies with the U23 squad, with his 18th birthday - and therefore FIFA eligibility - only arriving in February.

Kohfeldt lifted Bremen from 17th to 11th after succeeding Alexander Nouri last October, becoming the first coach in Bremen history to win 12 consecutive home matches, with Max Kruse, a false 9, ending the campaign as Die Grün-Weißen's most potent attacking player with six goals and six assists.

A natural No.9 looked likely to be one of Bremen's primary recruitment goals ahead of next season, but Kohfeldt, whose preference is for a 4-3-3 with a fluid trio in attack, is having none of it.

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