Arsenal's New Boy Podolski And Other Bundesliga Players Your Club Should Sign
Raffael – Hertha Berlin
Despite taking his time to settle in Germany Raffael is now firmly established as Hertha’s danger man, the Brazilian attacking midfielder scoring five and assisting six so far this season with a haul of ten last term to help Hertha regain their status as a Bundesliga club. Yet to be capped by the Brazilian national team, the ex FC Zurich player has already netted a goal of the season contender in a game against Koln in October, volleying into the top corner from a 40 yard pass. With only German forward Pierre Lasogga helping to lessen the goal scoring burden on the Brazilian, the 26 year old could be tempted by a bigger club with Hertha sitting in the relegation zone with no hope of finishing high enough for a European place.
Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund’s and arguably Germany’s biggest attacking talent Gotze could have his pick of major European clubs but that would have to bring about a change in clubs’ approach to spending in January. Apart from Chelsea and Manchester City it seems unlikely anyone else would be willing to break the bank mid-season, but persistent rumours linking him with Manchester United and Arsenal continue. Borussia Dortmund’s recent acquisition of this seasons Bundesliga star man Marco Reus has fuelled speculation that it could pave the way for Gotze’s route out of Westphalia.
Gotze, who will no doubt be included in the German squad for this summer’s European championships, has racked up 5 goals and 5 assists so far this season with a feeling that he has yet to really hit his best form. Dortmund’s disappointing Champions League campaign failed to showcase their star man which may have sliced a few million from his price tag. Whether this will prompt a January scramble between Arsenal and both Manchester United and City is debateable, with Dortmund standing firm over their decision not to consider offers until the summer and the player recently signing a new contract.
Lukas Podolski – Koln
‘Prinz Poldi’s back. The striker who burst onto the scene in 2004 with one of the most devastating left foots in recent memory has left the nightmare of Bayern Munich firmly in his wake. The player so adored in his home town is in his third season back with Koln, having been lured to Bayern after the World Cup in 2006. The Polish born striker failed to settle for the Bavarian giants but so far this season has netted 14 goals in 16 Bundesliga matches and is in the best form of his career.
The striker who burst onto the scene in 2004 with one of the most devastating left foots in recent memory has left the nightmare of Bayern Munich firmly in his wake.
Matts Hummels - Borussia Dortmund
Like any fit centre-half in Europe, Ex Bayern man Hummels has been linked to Manchester United, and been a revelation since arriving at Dortmund four years ago and was instrumental as they claimed the title last season. Partnering the not quite as good but still impressive Subotic in the heart of the Dortmund defence Hummels has again proved to be the finest defender in the Bundesliga this season. With only 12 goals against, Dortmund are again building from the back and proving hard to penetrate. Blessed with enough technical skill to be equally as good as a defensive midfielder, he has covered for Sven Bender in the engine room on occasion. Much like Gotze, Dortmund would be loath to lose him in January and only an astronomical fee could tempt the yellow and blacks into a sale. Borussia Dortmund will no doubt look to the European championships in the summer as a way to strengthen their position when it comes to selling or trying to keep two of their star players.
Pedro Geromel – Koln
Brazilian Geromel has gradually blossomed into one of the Bundesliga’s finest central defenders since moving from Portugese side Vitoria Guimarares in 2008. He was voted the best player in the Portugese Superliga before joining newly promoted Koln and his improvement since playing in the German top flight is now attracting suitors from some of the major leagues in Europe with both Juventus and Real Madrid apparent admirers. Dangerous in the air at both ends with a typically Brazilian range of passing, the fact that Geromel took over the captaincy from fan favourite Podolski only underlines how important the Brazilian has become for The Billy Goats.
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