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World Cup Scout - Sami Khedira

We run the rule over German star Sami Khedira

Sky Sports Scout is our exciting feature where we scour the globe looking out for the best talent and bring you a report on what we find.

NAME: Sami Khedira AGE: 23 (4th April 1987) BORN: Stuttgart, Germany POSITION: Midfielder CLUB: Stuttgart FACTS: His 15-year-old brother Rani also plays for Stuttgart Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

Our Scout has now turned his attention to the World Cup finals and over the coming weeks will report on some of the best talent in South Africa.

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Next under our scout's gaze at the finals is German ace Sami Khedira - recommended by Sky Sports reader Peter Ellison.

The scout reports...

Despite going out in the semi-finals, there are not many players to have made a bigger impact in South than Sami Khedira.

The Sky Sports Scout reports on one of Germany and Europe's best young players.

German lost their skipper Michael Ballack on the eve of the finals, which propelled Khedira into their starting line-up - an unthinkable prospect less than 12-months earlier as he had not even made his international debut.

Khedira is Stuttgart-born and bred, and having played briefly for amateur side TV Oeffingen, he was taken into Stuttgart's youth side.

In 2006 he was handed his Stuttgart debut and he has not looked back since and has now nearly chalked up a century of appearances.

Khadira, who could also have played for Tunisia through his father, captained the German Under-21 side to their European Championship success in 2009 and it was his performances for them that saw him promoted to the senior set-up.

He made his full for Germany in September last year, but was only considered to be a squad player before Ballack's injury in the FA Cup final.

Whilst the likes of Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger won many plaudits, Khedira returns from South Africa with just as much praise as he shone throughout the tournament for his stylish yet defensive play.

Khedira at 6ft2in could easily be seen as a pure holding midfielder, but he is anything but with an excellent range of passing.

Although his career will most likely see him remain as the more defensive point of the midfield, he is equally adept at starting an attack as breaking them up.

The scout says...

Many onlookers are now predicting a move from Stuttgart, and following his displays in South Africa - Europe's elite including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are all being linked, a clear sign of his progress and ability.

The Scout rating...

Shooting: 6 out of 10

Passing: 8 out of 10

Tackling: 9 out of 10

Heading: 7 out of 10

Pace: 7 out of 10

Vision: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability: 10 out of 10


Current value: £12million

Potential value: £23million

Your opinion...

You have read our opinion of Khedira - now we want your views. Have you seen Khedira in action? Do you agree with our assessment? Do you think he will make it?

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