Lukas Podolski will be a major asset to Japanese football when he embarks on his J1 League journey with Vissel Kobe, says German's former international team-mate Thomas Muller.
Podolski has joined the Japanese outfit after a two-year stint at Galatasaray, where he scored 20 Super Lig goals and also helped the Istanbul giants to a Turkish Cup triumph.
And Muller believes the 32-year-old’s devastating left foot and uplifting personality will be major assets to a league on the rise.
“He has a hammer,” Muller told Goal.
“He’s a great shooter with his left foot. [He’ll bring] speed as well, he’s very fast. And off the pitch, a lot of intensity. He speaks a lot and has funny ideas off the pitch.”
Muller backs Podolski to shine in J-League
J-League, you have been warned... Thomas Muller reckons Lukas Podolski will be a weapon in Japan. Posted by Goal.com on Friday, 7 July 2017
Podolski, 32, signed off a glittering international career earlier this year with a stunning long-range strike that saw off England in a March friendly.
And Muller says the former World Cup-winner, who earned 130 caps for Germany, can’t wait to begin a new chapter in his career,
“He’s very excited,” Muller added.
“I think he’ll be travelling with his whole family. He’s excited about what will happen in Japan, and I think he’ll discover the whole country.”
Watch the video above to see Muller breakdown what Podolski will bring to the J-League.