Miroslav Klose is at a crossroads in his career.
The 32-year-oldÂ German hitman will be out of contract this summer, and doubts remain over whether his current employers Bayern Munich will offer him a contract extension. Valencia, AC Milan and Tottenham are all rumoured to be considering a move for Klose should he become a free transfer, but from the player’s perspective right now Klose needs to prove that he is a still a top-class forward who can cut it at the highest level.
Klose is joint second with fellow German Gerd Muller on the list of all-time top World Cup goal scorers, behind Brazilian Ronaldo. However domestically the striker has little to cheer about after scoringÂ just one goal out of 23 shots in 20 games last season.
Adding to confusion over Klose has been a spate of high profile misses in the past few days.
Last weekend, in Bayern’s final league match of the season against Stuttgart, KloseÂ horrificallyÂ skied the ball over an open goal from two yards out. Then, on Wednesday, he suffered his second mare of the week.
Bayern took the field again to play a friendly with Russian big-boys Zenit St. Petersburg, and again the supposed goal-getter proved anything but. Minutes before the halftime interval full-back Philipp Lahm laid on a golden opportunity with a low cross to the back post. But Klose again drew the shot straw as he bungled his second open goal of the week by mistiming his run into the box so badly that his end result saw his shot go in the opposite direction to the gaping net.