Klaus Allofs was born in Dusseldorf in 1956.
Mesut Ozil was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1988, the year that Allofs scored his 17th and final goal for West Germany against Sweden in a friendly in West Berlin.
Allofs was a left-footed striker who had sometimes played as an attacking midfielder. He caught my eye because he was so nimble and sharp. His passing and shooting were so exact that he seemed almost surgical and he scored 177 goals in 424 games in the Bundesliga.
After playing for Fortuna Dusseldorf from 1975 till 1981, he joined FC Koln. Allofs also played for Marseilles and Bordeaux before ending his career at Werder Bremen in 1993 when he was almost 37.
Mesut Ozil is the only footballer I’ve seen who reminds me of Klaus Allofs.
And it’s not because they’re both German. It’s because both are left-footed and super-skilful in a very sharp way.
Allofs played for West Germany between 1977 and 1988 and scored 17 goals in 56 games. That German generation won Euro 1980, Euro 1984 and the Mexico World Cup of 1986.
These days national teams play more qualifying games and Ozil played 92 times for Germany before quitting.
With Guendouzi and Torreira in centrefield, Iwobi on the left, and Mkhitaryan finding form at last, Spurs might be the right moment to use Ozil behind Lacazette.
He is such a clever space-finder that he can hold the ball anywhere, see every angle, hit killer crossfields and also play runners into the box. The more time Ozil spends around the Spurs penalty area, the more likely Arsenal are to score.
German captain Phillip Lahm said, “His vision is probably the best I have ever seen.”
If Ozil plays as half-striker, he could come deep if other players ran beyond him.
PS. None of these clips capture the footballer I remember…..