Progress at Werder alongside international duty

[Translate to Englisch:] Felix Beijmo signed for Werder this summer, but hasn't featured in a Bundesliga squad for the Green-Whites so far this season (Photo: nordphoto).
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Tuesday, 02.10.2018 // 15:55 Uhr

Von Yannik Cischinsky

Werder Bremen’s talented right back Felix Beijmo hasn’t featured much so far this season. The promising new signing hasn’t featured in any Bundesliga matchday squad since joining the Green-Whites this summer and first team regular Theodor Gebre Selassie remains ahead of Beijmo in the pecking order. “We have confidence in Felix for the Bundesliga,” said Werder sporting director Frank Baumann, who made it very clear that the club fully supports Beijmo. “He is a young player at a club who play in a very demanding league. He is doing well, willing to learn and has continued to develop as a player,” explained Baumann.

For the Werder coaching staff, it is all about developing young talent like Felix Beijmo and to create opportunities for them to play in the Bundesliga. This is also the case during the international break, where younger players receive match time in friendlies. “It is a shame that he didn’t get any match time in our two recent friendlies because he was with the Sweden U21s squad. He also didn’t get much game time with them,” said Baumann.

 

Florian Kohfeldt and his coaching team are looking to combine developing talent alongside giving them match time (Photo: nph).

While the Green-Whites took on Meppen and Emmen in two friendlies during the last international break, Beijmo only received 22 minutes of game time with the Sweden U21s. For all respective parties, this isn’t ideal. “During the next international break, we will discuss the next step with Felix and the Swedish football association. It would be good for him to feature in a potential Werder friendly,” says Baumann, who also doesn’t rule out the full-back featuring for Werder U23s.

Josh Sargent is an example of someone who has featured for Werder’s second team in the Regionalliga and then broken into the first team. The youth talent was involved in discussions with the USA’s football association in September regarding a potential place in the national team. He has since received a call up for the USA senior squad for their upcoming friendlies against Columbia (Tuesday, 11th October 2018) and Peru (Wednesday, 17th October 2018). “Josh will travel to feature for the US national team. He should get a lot of experience from his time with the squad, which is very important for younger players. He has received a lot of game time here and we are very pleased with the progress he is making,” said Baumann. Sargent’s departure for international duty could open up a place in Werder U23s squad for Beijimo to make a similar impact.