By FRANCO PANIZO
John Brooks will not be seeing time with Hertha Berlin’s first team any time soon.
Brooks has fallen out of favor with head coach Jos Luhukay and has been dropped to Hertha’s second team, according to a report out of Germany. Luhukay is unhappy with what he deems are inconsistent performances from the 21-year-old centerback, and pointed to mistakes Brooks made in last week’s 2-2 draw vs. SC Freiburg as reasons for the surprising decision.
Contrary to other reports, Brooks has not been cut from the club that currently sits in 14th place in the Bundesliga.
The U.S. Men’s National Team defender was not included in Hertha Berlin’s gameday roster for their 1-0 defeat to FC Augsburg on Sunday. He did, however, go the distance in the reserve team’s 3-0 loss to Babelsberg on Friday.
This is not the first time Luhukay has publicly criticized Brooks. The Hertha manager said Brooks had to grow up last season, and also suspended him at another point in the campaign over a large back tattoo that the German-American had done.
Brooks started each of the three Bundesliga games he appeared in this season, but it looks like he he will have to wait some time before doing so again.
What do you make of this development? Should Hertha loan Brooks out? Think his relationship with Luhukay is too damaged to make a return to the lineup this season?
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