As Pep Guardiola’s early title favourites Bayern Munich have been crowned champions of the Bundesliga for the third consecutive season, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect and look back at who has been the signing of 2014-15.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
The 26 year-old Polish striker has enjoyed a fine season in Munich after his long-awaited transfer from bitter rivals Dortmund.
His switch was announced in November 2013 although he wouldn’t join the Bundesliga champions until nine months later. But it must go down as one of the greatest free transfers of all time.
Lewandowski isn’t just a goal scorer, his all round game is top class and he creates space for his teammates to exploit. And at just 26 years of age he is entering his prime as a striker and must be considered a world-class talent.
16 goals in 29 appearances without a penalty to his name is an excellent return and was a key reason why Bayern retained their title in such blistering fashion.
Haris Seferović – Eintracht Frankfurt
The young Swiss centre forward already has the names of Fiorentina and Real Sociedad on his CV but it wasn’t until his move to Frankfurt when he blossomed into a top talent.
Seferović struggled to nail down a first team berth at La Real last season but he is a regular fixture in Thomas Schaaf’s Frankfurt side and has gone from strength to strength. Nine league goals is a decent record for a side that has been hovering around mid table for the best part of a season.
His strike partnership with the experienced Alexander Meier has been fruitful (28 league goals between), but the Swiss international looks equally comfortably leading the line on his own and has a big future ahead of him.
Yann Sommer – Borussia Monchengladbach
Another Swiss to make it onto the list is goalkeeper Yann Sommer. The Gladbach stopper has been an ever-present this season and a key reason why Die Fohlen have been so tough to break down.
Sommer joined the German side last summer from Basel and his seamless transition into the number one jersey has been seen him keep 14 clean sheets in the league, while Gladbach boast the second best defensive record (behind Bayern) conceding 23 goals in 32 matches so far.
The 26 year-old keeper was voted second to Manuel Neuer in the bundesliga.com 2014/15 goalkeeper of the season after catching the eye this season.
Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich
Spaniard Xabi Alonso was another world-class free transfer signed by Bayern Munich this season. The former Real Madrid and Liverpool man is a classy operator that has won everything the game has to offer – nevertheless, his appetite and hunger is never in question.
Alonso has been deployed at the heart of the Bayern midfield and keeps things ticking over; his ability to pick a pass is second none, while is reading of the game is peerless. At times, Guardiola has played Alonso as a centre back and the Spaniard looks just at ease anywhere on the pitch.
The 33 year-old midfielder is a true class act that continues to dominate despite his advancing years.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu – Bayern Leverkusen
Bayern Leverkusen paid Hamburg over €14m for the talented 21 year-old Turkish midfielder last summer and he hasn’t disappointed with a string of high-energy performances.
Çalhanoğlu has been likened to Mesut Ozil in terms of style and heritage. But that almost feels like a lazy comparison, as the Leverkusen attacking midfielder is more of a goal threat and an expert in free kicks. The 21 year-old has scored seven goals in 30 league games while he also scored his first international goal for Turkey this year.
It was an astute piece of business by Leverkusen as Hakan is surely worth at least double the fee they paid for him 12 months ago.
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