Two hidden jewels at St. Pauli drawing interest from the Bundesliga

Last season was truly not a great year for the Buccaneers of the league, but Ewald Lienen’s side managed to rescue themselves to safety in the end. However, the squad for next season is coming along nicely and if you want to back the team by betting on them, you might want to take a look at a site that explains how to place a bet on sports.

Thomas Meggele could confirm today that Lasse Sobiech, the club’s best central defender, would move on a permanent deal to the Millerntor. Furthermore, two-time Japanese international Ryo Miyaichi has signed a three-year deal at the club.

However, the club might still be in danger of losing some of their best talents during the summer transfer window.

The Talent

First off is one the club’s biggest talents, Francis Sam Schreck, who plays for St. Pauli’s U17 side. The club’s youth division director Joachim Philipkowski told Fussballtransfers:

“He’s a phenomenal kid. A playmaker who brings everything to the table. He can set up his teammates, but he can also score the goals himself. If he gets stronger physically I’m sure that he’ll make it in the first tier.”

Schreck’s development hasn’t gone unnoticed and the youngster has already been linked with a move to such clubs as Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter, Borussia Dortmund, and VfL Wolfsburg. The 16-year-old was instrumental in St. Pauli’s U17 side campaign last season and one of the main reasons for it staying in the Bundesliga for that age group.

For now, it looks like the player prefers staying at St. Pauli, where he gets to attend two training sessions of the U23 side every week. Schreck was quoted recently saying:

“I feel at home here. We have a great atmosphere within the team, and my development is being furthered here at the club. It’s my goal to become a professional footballer, and I would like to do so at FC St. Pauli.”

The South Korean Raw Diamond

And if the attention being paid to Schreck wasn’t bad enough news already for St. Pauli fans, there was another unwelcome headline today. Kyoung-Rok Choi, the 20-year-old talent who made a splash in his 2. Bundesliga debu, by scoring two goals and providing one assist against Fortuna Düsseldorf, might be on his way out the door. Bayer Leverkusen want Choi to join them next season at the BayArena.

The South Korean’s debut was a promise for the future, but he couldn’t keep up his level of performance in the other two second-tier matches that he has played for St. Pauli. With several attacking players leaving the club at the end of this season, Lienen was hoping that next season could be Choi’s breakthrough year. However, now it seems that the club might be forced to sell him, because his contract expires in 2016.

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Maximilian Jones

Maximilian is a Berlin native with a German mother and English father. Raised in Germany and studied in London, Maximilian grew up to love football from an early age but his early exposure to the Bundesliga honed his passion for all things German football.