Christoph Baumgartner played a significant part in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 3-0 win at SV Werder Bremen last weekend with a remarkable hit. For the 20-year-old, it was the second Bundesliga goal of his fledgling career after a goal in December in the 2-0 away win at 1. FC Union Berlin and at the same time the next unmistakable sign that the technically fouled youngster is on track to make the final breakthrough.
After the midfielder, who moved from AKA St. Pölten to Hoffenheim in 2017, made his first two Bundesliga appearances under coach Julian Nagelsmann on the last two days of the pre-season, there are already eleven encounters under coach Alfred Schreuder in which Baumgartner was allowed to participate five times from the start.
Most recently, the Austrian U21 international has been in the first eleven three times in a row and there is currently little evidence that Schreuder will take Baumgartner out of the team.
The EM as a goal
For the trained ten, who can also play in the midfield on the half positions and is mostly used on the left in Hoffenheim’s most practiced three-man offense, the frequent playing time is of course worth gold. “Every minute in training and play is very precious for me, I can still learn and improve in many areas”, Baumgartner shows himself in the “Kicker” on the one hand very down-to-earth, but on the other hand makes no secret of the fact that it should not be enough with a regular place in the Bundesliga.
Instead, the 1.78 metre tall right foot hopes to play in the ÖFB jersey of the A-team after 14 appearances in the U21 austria.
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And if it goes to Baumgartner, this should be done as soon as possible. “I always set myself high goals. Whether it is enough for euro 2020 depends on other things. But the european championship participation is the goal,” said the horner, who is born in Horner, who wants to throw everything into the balance in order to receive a call from national coach Franco Foda in the next few weeks: “If it doesn’t work out, then it shouldn’t have been up to me, but because of the quality of the other players.”
Great competition in the midfield
In fact, the competition in the ÖFB Euro 2020 squad with players such as Marcel Sabitzer, Valentino Lazaro, Florian Grillitsch, Louis Schaub, Xaver Schlager or Konrad Laimer could stand in the way of an EM ticket for Baumgartner. But if the youngster delivers powerful arguments in the next few games, nothing seems to be ruled out.
If Baumgartner presents himself in the next few weeks as in the first games of the year, a nomination for the EURO 2020 Test matches at the end of March in Wales and against Turkey is quite conceivable. Otherwise Baumgartner would certainly be in the squad of the U21, which meets Germany on 26 March in Braunschweig.