Five players to mark in the Bundesliga
As the German League kicks off tonight with Bayern taking on Gladbach, we take a look at players who are slated to make a mark in this season
The former Borussia Dortmund midfield maestro helped guide his old club to a Champions League final last season before completing a move to the eventual winners of the competition, Bayern Munich. It remains to be seen when coach Pep Guardiola will deem him fit enough to start, but what is certain is that Gotze was a pivotal cog in Dortmund’s midfield machine, and the German looks likely to shine in once again with his new employers.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has arrived at Dortmund with high expectations after he became the club’s record signing during the summer transfer window, costing 27.5 million euros.The Armenian previously played for Shakhtar Donetsk, where he racked up 38 goals in the space of three years from a midfield position, and he could well be the perfect replacement for the outgoing Gotze. He should also provide Robert Lewandowski with great support.
Only the second South Korean to pull on a Leverkusen shirt, Son Heung-Min has arrived at the BayArena with huge ambitions. The striker, who played for Hamburg before the switch, is aiming to become the Bundesliga's top scorer and he has the potential to create a deadly partnership with Stefan Kiessling. During his HSV stint, Son became a fully-fledged South Korea international and helped them qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Last season, Draxler was voted as the Bundesliga’s young player of the season due to the stellar performances he produced for Schalke throughout the season. The attacking midfielder is set to play in the hole behind Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for the upcoming season and he will aim to better his goal tally of 10. After signing a new contract extension in the recent months, the 19-year-old shunned interest from Borussia Dortmund to pledge his future to the Royal Blues.
Freiburg have signed no less than 10 players in this transfer window, but perhaps their best bit of business is keeping hold of their young defender, Matthias Ginter. The German has recently represented his country at Under-21 level in the European Championships and, due to his versatility, he has become a key member of the playing staff at Freiburg as they embark on a Europa League adventure this year.