Despite the transfer window being open for nearly two months now, there are still plenty of quality and experienced players that are surprisingly without a club after their contracts were terminated. Below is a small portion of a list I have compiled which contains free agents that still have a point to prove and the quality to perform in the Bundesliga:
1.) Antonio Cassano
Mentioned previously in the Werder Bremen 2015/2016 Season Preview in which I discussed whether or not he would be a good fit for the Green-Whites – I also believe he could play a big part in various other teams in the top-tier of German football. Although the 33-year-old doesn’t have the stamina or the energy to compete in 34 games this season, Cassano could be a major asset to his squad if he were signed.
Not only can the former Italian international bring valuable experience to a team (having played a part in relegation battles, European contention and league title races), he also has a proven track record of being able to finish and come up with the goods when needed. If the 5ft 9in forward can get the service then he can certainly provide his team with goals.
Having been released by Internazionale in June, the Brazillian right-back now finds himself in search of a club at the age of 29 years old. Althoughfavoured at right-back in his limited amount of games at Inter Milan, I personally see Moreira as a right-midfielder (due to his impressive pace and flair).
With Jonathan only ever having played in the Liga do Brazil and Serie A, finding his trade in a new country and league (such as the Bundesliga) could be the best move for him in order to re-ignite his career. If the former Inter player can return to full fitness and maintain his fitness, there is no reason why he can’t continue to play in the top flight.
One club I have identified which should look to secure the signature of Jonathan is Hamburg. Although their transfer business shows that they are improving from last seasons disappointing campaign, they still seem to lack a bit of flair and skill, which the Brazillian could bring to the Bundesliga outfit.
3.) Cedric Mongongu
After a four year spell with Ligue 1 outfit Evian, Mongongu’s contract expired after his club decided not to offer him a new deal following his below-par final two seasons with the club. It was clear in his latter stages at AS Monaco and earlier stages with Evian that the 26-year-old centre-back had both ability and potential to vastly improve; unfortunately, he hasn’t lived up to this potential as of yet.
If the DR Congo international can get as close to a full season of games as possible, he can still realise that potential and become an established player within a top flight team. Similar to Jonathan, a new setting and change in leagues could do him enormous good in order to begin a fresh start and the Bundesliga is the perfect setting for that.
The two newly promoted teams: Ingolstadt and Darmstadt would be perfect fits for the 6ft 2in defender. Why? Well, Mongongu has a guarantee that he will be a starter for the German sides. Also, because they are newly promoted and expected to battle against relegation, there is less pressure on him to succeed which will aid him to improve and carry the ‘no fear’ attitude.
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