The good times are over…
Last season, Wolfsburg’s John Anthony Brooks (28) and Maxence Lacroix (21) formed one of the best defensive duos in the Bundesliga. Both played a key role in qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
But there was not much defensive strength left in the past few days. Wolves conceded 32 goals in 20 league games – too many. Brooks is no longer bug-free, either. On the contrary! From a stabilizing factor he evolved into a defensive safety hazard.
In Leipzig (0:2) he was directly involved in the first goal he conceded, and it was very easy to be danced by star right-back Dani Olmo (23) in front of 0:1. A symbol of his horror season.
The Berlin native has already had to watch four times this season and hasn’t played off the bench. Unusual for someone with a leader’s self-image.
His personal performance crisis has always had international consequences for the (former) national player. For a long time he was considered a constant in the US selection (45 games / 3 goals). Galt!
In the current World Cup qualifiers, national coach Greg Berhalter (48) is voluntarily absent from the defensive cabinet. El Salvador on Thursday night, followed by Canada (Sunday) and Honduras (Wednesday).
“We have determined that John is not the best option for this time window,” Berhalter said recently. But this is not the whole truth.
Former professional Berhalter (including Cottbus, 1860 Munich) did not agree with Brooks’ earlier appearances in the United States jersey. He is also said to have problems with the basic appearance of the VfL star.
Not all arguments are good for a new, high-paying contract. Brooks’ working paper ends in Wolfsburg in the summer. With an annual salary of four million euros, he is one of the highest paid employees.
It is unlikely that he will be offered a similar contract again. Brooks problem. Six months ago, Wolfsburg was still interested in an extension. But the negotiations faltered. Also because Brooks shouldn’t be willing to take pay cuts.
He really has to do less than his colleagues for his money. While his teammates regularly attend media events, among other things, to give insight into their lives as professional football, explain good and bad performances or simply to quench fans’ thirst for knowledge, Brooks does none of this out of deep conviction.
It is currently unlikely that the 1.93-meter giant will wear the Wolfsburg shirt next season.
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