Fullkrug Embraces Motivational Boost from Havertz’s Solid Support at Euro 2024

Niclas Fullkrug is poised to serve as Germany’s backup striker, providing robust support for Kai Havertz during Euro 2024.

Julian Nagelsmann, Germany’s coach, has entrusted Havertz with spearheading the team’s attack, announcing this just as their opening match against Scotland approaches.

Despite participating in five fewer matches, Fullkrug outshone Havertz in the 2023-24 season. He netted 16 goals compared to Havertz’s 14 and notched 11 assists over Havertz’s seven. Fullkrug’s expected goals (xG) stood at 19.18, eclipsing Havertz’s 14.79, with a superior shot conversion percentage: 16.67% against 15.22%.

At 31, Fullkrug discussed these decisions with Nagelsmann. He acknowledges his coach’s judgment and embraces the challenge to vie for more playing time.

“Leadership falls to the coach, and his choices shape our path,” remarked Fullkrug, who boasts 11 goals in 16 international appearances.

“From our days as fledgling players, competition has been hammered into us. Our drive is to play, to lead, to excel.”

“Kai has my total backing, and I’m rooting for him to score aplenty, propelling our team forward in this pivotal tournament.

“Stepping into this tourney, we’re buoyant. Embracing our roles, and still using them as fuel to strive for more minutes on the field, is crucial.”

“Variety in attacking options can only benefit us. Kai’s style is unique; he brings a distinct element to our strategy. With such varied talents, opponents will dread facing us,” Fullkrug concluded.

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