Jonathan Klinsmann has dressed for two Bundesliga games this winter, but Hertha goalkeeper coach Zsolt Petry is not happy with his progress, saying it has stalled, which he blames on his work ethic.
"He's got the basic skills, and taken a good athletic development," said Petry, who evaluated Klinsmann before Hertha signed him last summer. "But he does not bring his skills to the field every day. All of the coaching staff misses that. The past two, three months did not go as we hoped. The serious, focused German working is not fully in him, there's too much American left in him. His personality development has stalled a bit.
"You can see that in training. He does not talk too much to his teammates, has little contact, not a lot of charisma, confidence and determination. One word: The body language is still missing. Without it, you won't get far in soccer. If he can do it, he can become an option."
On Tuesday, Klinsmann responded by saying his laid-back approach helped keep him from being nervous.
His position as the No. 3 keeper behind Thomas Kraft, 29, and Norwegian Rune Jarstein, 33, should be unexpected for a first-year player. Klinsmann, who turns 21 in April, has started nine games for the Regionalliga team in the fourth division.