The winter transfer window has been fairly quiet thus far in the Bundesliga, but that is not to say that there haven’t been a few interesting deals going through. Here we take a look at five players on the move, who should be well worth keeping an eye on during the forthcoming Rückrunde.
Yet another promising youngster has seemingly failed to make the grade at Bayern Munich following in the footsteps of quite a few players before him. But it is not all doom and gloom for 19-year-old Sinan Kurt as the midfielder will now get the chance to prove himself in the German top flight with another club.
Hertha Berlin are the club to have profited and if the capital club’s experience with Mitchell Weiser is anything to go by, then Bayern’s loss will very much be their gain. One of his chief attributes is his and his close dribbling. Kurt can be both a creator coming in from the wide positions or a finisher in his own right. Bayern’s riches in his position mean that he now has to try and shine elsewhere.
If there is one player chomping at the bit to get the Rückrunde underway, then it would have to be Stuttgart’s new signing Kevin Großkreutz. The World Cup winner has been wasting away in Turkey unable to play since his summer move to Galatassaray due to an administrative cock-up.
His time in Turkey was a disaster, but the Swabians will be hoping the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder can find his match sharpness quickly and help lift them clear of the bottom of the table. At 27 years of age he should be in his prime and he won’t have long to wait before he potentially meets his old club with Stuttgart facing Dortmund in the DFB Pokal quarter final at the start of February.
It may only be an initial loan deal until the end of the season, but Schalke’s capture of midfielder Younes Belhanda from Dynamo Kiev could prove to be yet another very astute piece of business from the Royal Blues. Once courted by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, the French Moroccan helped Montpellier to their first ever Ligue 1 title back in 2012 before his €10 million move to the Ukraine.
“Younes Belhanda can play attacking midfield both centrally and out wide. He is quick, dynamic and also has a good goal and assist tally” trainer Andre Breitenreiter has said. His Ligue 1 Goal of the Season and his Young Player of the Year awards from 2012 certainly support that claim.
The most recent Mexican import to the Bundesliga, Javier Hernandez, proved an instant hit at Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt will be hoping that his compatriot Marco Fabian can have just as impressive an impact for them.
The 26-year-old has been handed the number ten shirt – a clear sign perhaps of what Die Adler what from him. While he has undoubted ability, he has not always shown the consistency he could – a reason perhaps for him not making the move to Europe sooner in his career. Nevertheless, Frankfurt are pinning their hopes on Marco Jhonfai Fabián de la Mora to give him his full name delivering for them in the Rückrunde.
When teenage sensation Martin Ødegaard made the headline grabbing move to Real Madrid last season, it was rumoured that the Spanish giants also enquired about taking midfielder Iver Fossum as well. As it turned out, the youngster remained at Strømsgodset, but now twelve months on, he has made the move to the Bundesliga with struggling Hannover.
The U-21 international has shown great consistency over the past season and even at his young age has become a key player with a good footballing brain. He was Strømgodset’s top scorer in the 2015 season and with Hannover in a precarious position, the Niedersachsen club will be hoping he can live up to his clear potential.
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