Part 3 is here and in this blog I’ll be focusing on players who impressed in the 2nd half of last season and will be surely pushing for a first team spot next year. With key players departing from some sides this could help their development in Bundesliga stars:
The Hamburg 22 year old featured frequently last season making 23 appearances in the league mostly from the bench. He can play upfront and on the wings and managed 3 goals and 1 assist. He will be hoping for more starts to allow him to really spread his wings this season. With the departure of Heung-Min Son, there is a big hole in the team and he could very well be the player to fill it.
The 20 year old Austrian midfielder was a regular for Stuttgart making 18 starts and 12 substitute appearances in Bundesliga and the Europa league. At 193cm tall it is somewhat surprising to know he is not a ball winning midfielder but a playmaker. With a season of football under his belt he will be looking to cement his starting place and improve his all round game to be an essential player.
The 20 year old German left back featured heavily for Schalke towards the end of their campaign, making 19 appearances including 3 in the Champions League. With 3.1 tackles per match and 2.3 interceptions he is very much a defensive fullback. With the experienced Fuchs as competition he will hope to clinch the Left back spot for himself and develop even more. He has represented Germany u18′s, 19′s and 20′s.
The 20 year old German defensive midfielder joined Hannover in the January transfer window from Duisberg and played 16 games in the 2nd half of the season. He also managed to score two goals for die Roten and became a regular, very much breaking up opposition play making 2.5 tackles and 1.4 interceptions a game. Hoffmann has represented all German national sides up to u20 level.
The young and fast attacking midfielder made 11 appearances for Die Fohlen last season with one goal and one assist. At only 19 years old he still has years of development ahead of him but has showed glimpses of class. After representing Germany at every level up to u19′s, more first team football will help him develop into a strong central attacking midfielder which is something Gladbach very much need.
There have been 15 names in this Ones to watch series, some first team regulars, some have only played a handful of minutes but all could have very bright future’s ahead of them. No doubt you will be hearing a lot more of these players throughout the season as they are the next generation in the league. This concludes the ones to watch Bundesliga series, I hope you have enjoyed reading it and found a few names you will be looking out for this season. If you have a suggestion of blog you would like to see, why not leave a comment.