Meier: "I will push for my place"
Mainz’s new signing from FC Bayern is aware of his role as backup, but is determined to put pressure on teammate Aarón Martin, whilst also learning from him.
New left back Jonathan Meier had one thing going for him before even setting foot in Mainz: His date of birth, 11/11/99. Whether this will help the 19-year-old make the leap into the Bundesliga and establish himself with the Zerofivers, remains to be seen, but the next few weeks should go some way to providing an answer. At the very least, he has made a promising impression so far: "It may have taken me a day or two to get used to things, but I feel better with every training session," he said.
Help and push one another
Meier has already started to show a lot of this in training. Upon signing a contract at the Bruchweg until 2022, the player was aware of his role in the team. Aarón, the Spain U21 international, who will return to training next week, played 33 of 34 possible Bundesliga games last season and intends to keep his position as a starting XI regular. With Gaetan Bussmann’s departure, Meier is now the obvious back-up choice for that position. "I know I’m second choice to him. Aarón is a very good player, someone I can learn a lot from, but I will still be pushing for my place," declared the Zerofivers’ new addition on Tuesday. "Obviously I want to play. I think it’s good for Aarón as well, to feel pressure from me and to keep improving. This will allow us to help and push one other."
Ambitious, yet realistic words from Jonathan Meier, who regularly trained with the record champions first team, making the Bundesliga matchday squad twice and even featured in one Champions League squad. Mostly, he played in the Regionalliga for the second team – 19 times to be specific. "When you’re playing for FC Bayern’s second team, the next step is to establish yourself somewhere in the professional sphere. I think that’s a bit easier here than in Munich. It’s quite hard to establish yourself on a long-term basis there and not many have managed to do so at all in recent years."
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