Five Bundesliga trailblazers who could set Premier League alight
Many a Premier League pundit and supporter will have been disappointed to read reports that Marco Reus has penned a new deal with struggling boyhood club Borussia Dortmund, increasing his rumoured release clause and making a summer switch unlikely.
Fear not though fans, as the Bundesliga boasts many top talents that are currently dazzling German audiences but could make the move to English shores. Here, Coral writers pick five alternative and brilliant Bundesliga players to be had.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Left back, Wolfsburg)
Linked with Manchester United last summer, Wolfsburg’s rampant left back Rodriguez could soon find himself a top target for a raft of elite European clubs.
The Switzerland star impressed for his nation during the World Cup and has since continued to shine at club level, providing six assists and two goals. Rodriguez recently signed a contract extension with Die Wolfe, but new deals rarely mean much these days; just ask Swansea City about Wilfried Bony.
An asset in offence, flying full back Rodriguez would suit Brendan Rodgers’ attacking aspirations perfectly at Liverpool. Strong, tenacious and able to contribute curling crosses and threatening set pieces, he possesses all the attributes to become a top class Premier League player.
Gotoku Sakai (Right back, Stuttgart)
Despite often leaving a lot to be desired in defence, adaptable attacking full back Sakai possesses obvious potential going forward.
Always keen to overlap with widemen and burst down the flanks, the 23-year-old Japan international would seem to be an ideal Arsene Wenger recruit.
With the Emirates outfit well-stocked in his position, however, Southampton could be an alternative destination for determined Sakai, with Ronald Koeman’s defensive nous potentially the making of the swashbuckling Blue Samurai star, should he need to replace Nathaniel Clyne.
Max Meyer (Attacking midfielder, Schalke)
Most of the hype surrounding Schalke’s starlets has previously focused on Julian Draxler, whilst deep-lying playmaker Leon Goretzka seems to have stolen the title of hidden gem.
Perhaps the player with the most potential from Roberto Di Matteo’s men, however, is versatile attacking midfielder Meyer.
Like some of the best in his position, the young maestro is adept at creating space and squeezing through passes in tricky situations.
This season, Meyer added a decisive goal to send Gelsenkirchen club Schalke through to the Champions League knockout stages to his list of achievements, hinting at a bright future.
If Arsenal (12/5 to win the FA Cup) decide to offload one of their stars in summer, young Meyer’s ability to link play would see him fit the Gunners like a glove. Long-term, he may replace ageing names likes Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky.
Kevin de Bruyne (Attacking midfielder, Wolfsburg)
Easily the highest-profile player on this list, brilliant De Bruyne is an obvious choice to return for the Premier League. Since leaving Chelsea, the Belgium international has illustrated his ability to instigate attacks with ease and propel both country and club forward.
With eight Bundesliga goals and 11 assists this term, De Brunye is both top scorer and supplier for Die Wolfe, making him a true bargain buy.
Manchester City and rivals United have already been tipped to bring the match-winner back to England and could well make the Blues rue their decision to offload.
Son Heung-Min (Forward, Bayer Leverkusen)
Despite a bout of illness, exciting attacker Heung-Min was hungry for goals at the Asian Cup, with his return to the starting XI propelling the Taegeuk Warriors into the final.
Two of the talented 22-year-old’s extra-time strikes sank Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals, whilst his last ditch equaliser saw South Korea run Australia close for the trophy.
Clearly destined for a bigger stage than Leverkusen can provide, Heung-Min’s pace and nose for goal would see him a certain star for the likes of Liverpool (5/1 to lift the FA Cup) or United, who both require extra potency up top.