Bundesliga Fanatic XI – Players Who Want to Leave in the Winter

The current Bundesliga season is 10 matches old which means that most coaches and sporting directors have identified their needs when it comes to strengthening their squads. Additionally, there are also a few players who are no longer needed and who could be transferred during the winter. Let’s take a closer look at a potential starting line up of players who could leave their clubs during the winter transfer window.


Samuel Sahin-Radlinger (Hannover 96)

The Austrian keeper is still on the books of the 96’ers, but he is currently on loan at SK Brann in Norway. During his loan spell the 25 year old has featured in 22 Eliteserien matches and kept 11 clean sheets. Hannover already have three keepers on their books, which means that there won’t be a place in the squad for the Austrian upon his return to Lower Saxony in January.


Luca Caldirola (Werder Bremen)

The Italian can be used both as a left back and centre back, but he hasn’t had a chance of making the first team at Werder Bremen this season and both parties want their collaboration to end. A transfer to Italy seems most likely for the defender who has 80 Bundesliga matches to his name.

Jeffrey Bruma (VfL Wolfsburg)

The Dutch defender was dropped by Bruno Labbadia last season and so far has not made a return to the pitch this season. Being a high earner at the club with no future in the coach’s plans makes Bruma one of the prime candidates for a winter transfer.

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Simon Falette (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Last season the Frenchman featured in 27 Bundesliga matches, but since Adi Hütter’s arrival at the club his playing time has taken a dive. A measly 118 minutes of Europa League football and a late substitution onto the pitch in Eintracht’s 3-1 loss against Dortmund are not enough to satisfy the ambitions of the defender.

Jeremy Toljan (Borussia Dortmund)

The ambitious 24-year-old needs playing time to reach his goals of making it to the German national team. So far this season Toljan has struggled with injury, but given the performances of the players currently filling the full back spots there’s little need for him right now. Both Valencia and Napoli were interested in the services of the former Hoffenheim player during the summer.


Marc Stendera (Eintracht Frankfurt)

The 22-year-old has been a hope for the future for some time, but injuries have set Stendera back time and time again. Nowadays Eintracht’s officials have lost their patience according to Bild. A move during the winter might be on the cards.

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Sebastian Rode (Borussia Dortmund)

Rode’s absence file is as thick as a hardback copy of the Lord of the Rings. Even if the 28-year-old is fit, there’s currently no place in Lucien Favre’s line up for the midfielder. Surely a move away from the Signal Iduna Park would be best for all concerned.

Alexander Esswein (Hertha BSC)

The 28-year-old winger is only getting playing time in Hertha’s second team at the moment. Featuring in the Regionalliga Nordost doesn’t satisfy the player or the officials at the club. An ambitious side in the Bundesliga 2 or a Bundesliga side struggling at the bottom of the table looking for more firepower down the wings might pick him up during the winter.

Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Ever since arriving at Eintracht Fabian has made headlines for some of his antics off the pitch. The club wanted to get rid of him during a summer, but a transfer to Fenerbahce fell through after the player failed the medical. Both parties are looking for a parting of the ways during the winter.


Breel Embolo (Schalke 04)

Two goals from eight matches so far this season isn’t enough to satisfy Schalke’s needs according to Bild. After two years at the club the Swiss Wunderkind hasn’t delivered the goods (mostly because of injury). Given his high wage and his failure to deliver, the officials at the club might be looking for a transfer according to Germany’s biggest tabloid.

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Josip Drmic (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

The 26-year-old made some arrival on the scene during his first Bundesliga season. 17 goals from his 33 matches at 1. FC Nürnberg made Drmic one of the hottest commodities in the league back in the 2013/14 season. However, after his first season, the Swiss striker has struggled with injury and has never got back to the form he was showing during his first season. Only 12 goals have followed after his stint at Nürnberg. Gladbach are therefore looking to get rid of the 26-year-old, who hasn’t played a single minute of Bundesliga football this season.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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