Low: Poldi must concentrate

Germany coach Joachim Low expects Lukas Podolski to prove he is the consummate professional by fighting for his place at Bayern Munich, despite his agreed summer transfer to Cologne.

Podolski has spent both this season and last warming the bench at Bayern behind first-choice strikers Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, despite keeping his place in the national squad.

Despite being voted best young player at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Podolski has failed to impress in Munich since his transfer from Cologne in July 2006. Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann has even preferred USA forward Landon Donovan, on loan from LA Galaxy, recently.

Podolski will rejoin his former club in the summer, but with less than 18 months before the next FIFA World Cup, Low has said he expects Podolski to work hard at Bayern despite the situation.

"We hope he will fight to win his chance at Bayern and work harder than any other player at the club," said Low, who left Podolski out for this month's 1-0 friendly defeat to Norway.