In the first edition of the series, I put forward three players whom are all currently without a club in: Antonio Cassano, Jonathan and Cedric Mongongu. I believe that these three could all make a huge difference to various different teams within the Bundesliga. Below are three more players who I believe would represent a real bargain for Germany’s top-tier clubs.
1.) Ron Vlaar
The 30-year old Dutch centre-back rejected several contract offers from his former club Aston Villa before his contract expired at the end of June this year. It was suggested that he was looking to make the step up to a better team – with reports of Manchester United and Lazio chasing his signature.
There is no doubt that Vlaar would be a fantastic coup for almost every Bundesliga club if they were to pick him up on a free transfer, however, there is a slight setback with this potential deal. The Holland international has been sidelined with a knee injury for around four months which means that he’s unlikely to play until December at the very least. Why is this such a big problem? 1. It means that the club would have to pay him four months worth of wages for doing nothing; 2. If a club decides to wait until he has returned from injury then they run the risk of losing him to another club which has decided to sign him earlier and 3. If a team is suffering from defensive problems, they require a quick solution which means finding the right player quickly and unfortunately, signing Vlaar wouldn’t be a quick solution due to his injury.
Despite the cons that go with signing Vlaar at this present moment, this doesn’t take away the fact that he would be a very good signing for nearly every Bundesliga club and they should certainly look into it (if they aren’t already).
After promising seasons on-loan in both the Championship and Premier League in England, the Ghana international has had a somewhat mediocre career; spending it in four different countries from Qatar to Greece. Most recently, the former Arsenal winger was playing his trade in Portugal for Primera Liga side Boavista. However, his contract was mutually terminated in February and he has since been without a club.
It’s fair to say that journeying from country to country clearly hasn’t helped the 29-year old wide midfielder. Quincy needs to settle himself in a solid team at this stage of his career and the Bundesliga could be the perfect place for him to do just that.
With blistering pace and a good technique which is aided by his calm and composed nature, the Ghanaian winger can be a very useful asset and key member of a few clubs within the top tier. The two clubs which I have identified as potential takers for the talented winger is Bundelsiga newcomers Ingolstadt and Darmstadt. The two clubs lack flair in their teams in my opinion and Owusu-Abeyie can offer them that much needed boost on this front.
After a five-year stint with Lyon which was hindered by injury after injury, Gourcuff was released by the Ligue 1 outfit this year after they decided not to renew his contract.
The French international had a promising start to his career, winning a Champions League title with AC Milan followed by Ligue 1 ‘Footballer of the Year’ in the 08/09 season whilst playing for Bordeaux.
There is no denying the attacking midfielders ability; the only question is whether or not he can stay injury-free and maintain his fitness in order to string together a run of games which will see him complete a full season. I personally believe that this is a risk that must be taken by Bundesliga clubs in order to have a chance to resurrect his form form his time at Bordeaux.
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