1. FC Kaiserslautern, sitting 16th in the table going into MatchDay 18 with the lowest goal-scoring total (only 13 talllies in 17 matches), have brought in Werder Bremen forward Sandro Wagner to help with the attack. Wagner arrives on an 18 month loan, with the Red Devils having the option to make him a permanent member of the club. He will be held out of this weekend’s match between the two clubs by mutual consent.
Wagner 24, is a lanky striker who was born in Munich. He spent time in his youth with both Hertha Munich and Bayern Munich, eventually making eight 2007-2008 appearances for the senior squad in all competitions. Wagner moved on to MSV Duisburg where he played in 39 matches for the 2. Bundesliga senior squad, scoring 14 times. THe 6’4″ striker was signed by Werder Bremen and appeared 28 times in 2010-2011, scoring five goals. This season he hasn’t featured much for Thomas Schaaf, only playing 134 minutes without scoring, although he has scored three times in nine reserve team matches.
Wagner has pedigree, as he scored twice in Germany’s 2009 Euro U-21 championship final victory, and also has five European appearances under his belt. “Sandro Wagner’s a really good young German player, whose quality and style of play are going to help us”, FCK head coach Marco Kurz commented.
Wagner is the second tall striker to arrive on loan at Kaiserslautern this winter. Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen forward Nicolai Jørgensen joined the Red Devils. Like Wagner, the 6’3″ Jørgensen, 21, has seen very limited playing time thus far this season as the Danish international only saw a half hour of play for Leverkusen’s senior side. Hopefully both attackers will gain the confidence of Kaiserslautern’s Kurz, get on the field and be able to take advantage of the quality crosses and set-piece opportunities provided by the Red Devils’ veteran Christian Tiffert. The midfielder has no assists this season despite creating 91 scoring chances. Tiffert led the Bundesliga with 17 assists last season.