August 20, 2017

5 Players Who Should Be Playing at Bigger Clubs Next Season

There have been plenty of outstanding players in the Bundesliga this season, even when you look down the league table. These players have stood out even when the rest of their teammates haven’t.  Below are five players players who could very well be at a bigger clubs next season based on their contributions this year.

1. Pierre-Michel Lasogga

Hamburg have had their worst-ever Bundesliga season in this campaign. For the first time in their 50 year eternal Bundesliga standing, they’re threatened with relegation. Amidst a largely disappointing season collectively and individually, Lasogga has stood out for Hamburg.

Lasogga has earned himself plenty of plaudits this season, including even from Germany manager Joachim Löw. His 12 goals this season have earned Hamburg crucial points, meaning they still have a fighting chance for survival. Lasogga is of course only on-loan at Hamburg this season from parent club Hertha BSC.  And Lasogga will return to Berlin in the summer with Adrian Ramos expected to leave the German capital at the end of the season and his performances will have other aspiring clubs licking their chops.  At 22, he does have time on his side, but he’s in a great position now to earn himself a big move after impressing this season in the Bundesliga. (Possible clubs: Schalke, Wolfsburg)

2. Johannes Geis

Mainz have had a dream season in 13/14 and could still earn themselves a European place as a healthy reward. Under the stewardship of the brilliant Thomas Tuchel, Mainz have surpassed all their preseason expectations with their performances so far. The man at the heart of it all has been the young midfield maestro, Johannes Geis.

The 20-year-old arrived in the summer from Greuther Fürth and has grabbed his place in the centre of the Mainz midfield with both hands. A Lars Bender/Luis Gustavo-type player, Geis makes his name by breaking up play early in the midfield and pushing forward to create chances for his  teammates.  Geis is a defensive midfielder who has the ability to also create chances on the attacking end and has been one of the best in this position this season. The crows will definitely be circling around the Coface Arena with Geis being a hot topic amongst the scouts. (Possible clubs: Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen)

3. Josip Drmic

It’s been an interesting first season in the Bundesliga for Nürnberg’s top goalscorer, especially since the winter break. With nine of his 15 goals in the league this season coming in the 10 games since the Bundesliga’s restart, Drmic’s name has been linked with a number of European clubs. With a possible World Cup with Switzerland to come, Drmic also might be having quite the exciting summer.

Nürnberg have had a record-breaking season, just at the wrong end of the table. Not winning any of their first 17 games all the way up to the winter break was a new Bundesliga record. Since then, they’ve won five games with Drmic scoring the crucial goal in four of those wins. He’s proved how important having a good striker like himself is in crucial relegation battles. Without his goals, they’d be just about relegated by now.

So while Nuremberg have been largely disappointing, Drmic has been almost the opposite, hence the links to clubs such as Arsenal. You can tell a player is worth looking at when he can pick up a relegation-threatened side like Nürnberg and carry them like he has. Whether Nürnberg stay up or are relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, you can forecast plenty of interest in Drmic over the summer transfer window. (Possible clubs: Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke, Wolfsburg, Arsenal)

4. Oliver Baumann

Having played in every Bundesliga game for Freiburg during their very successful season in 12/13, Oliver Baumann has been a solid performer once again this season in what has been a very difficult campaign for Breisgau Brazilians. He has played every minute in the last two league seasons and has shown his form once again.

It’s been easy to watch Baumann this season and suggest he is losing his goal-keeping touch because of Freiburg’s poor results, but this evaluation would overlook his importance to the team. It’s been a season of transition for Freiburg, after exceeding all expectations last year by qualifying for the Europa League and having their squad massively depleted over the summer.

With a weaker defence in front of him, it’s been almost impossible for Baumann to save everything. However, he’s made crucial saves in almost every match to keeping SCF alive, but the rate at which he has been forced into work would be hard for even the likes of Manuel Neuer to manage. He’s one of the Bundesliga new generation of goalkeepers, alongside the likes of Kevin Trapp,Marc-Andre  ter Stegen and Bernd Leno, but he just hasn’t received the press coverage that they have. A stronger team could snatch him up over the summer and we can see his already good form reach even newer heights (Possible clubs: Dortmund, Augsburg)

5. Tobias Werner

Like most players at Augsburg this season, Tobias Werner has been in the form of his life during this campaign. Augsburg have never amassed this many points in any Bundesliga season. But while the likes of Andre Hahn and Matthias Ostrzolek have been taking all the plaudits, 27-year-old Werner has been going about his business quietly and efficiently.

Joining the club in 2008, Werner has been through Augsburg’s times in the 2. Bundesliga and is now enjoying life in the Bundesliga with the club all while playing the best football of his career. Werner has had a superb season by all standards. Having played in all but one league game, his nine goals and eight assists see him as Augsburg’s most influential attacking player ahead of Andre Hahn.

After exceeding all expectations this season, Augsburg are can expect an influx of bids for their star players during the summer. With Werner at the reported prime age for footballers, a more high-profile Bundesliga side could definitely take a chance on him. (Possible clubs: M’Gladbach, Schalke, Werder Bremen, Leverkusen)

So that’s my five players. Who else do you think should be playing at a bigger club next season?

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Alex Chaffer

Alex is an 18-year old football writer and general sporting enthusiast living near London. He has grown a great love for German football since his first look at the league almost 5 years ago. Follow Alex @AlexChaffer

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