In the ‘Werder Bremen 2015/2016 Season Preview’ article, I discussed how Werder needed to bring in a centre forward that could take the reins as their new top goalscorer (and a prolific one at that). It was obvious that after losing their two top scorers this summer in Franco Di Santo and Davie Selke, they had to bring in suitable replacements. It appears that head coach Viktor Skripnik has attempted to do just that with the additions of Anthony Ujah and Aron Johannsson.
Some people are suggesting that the signing of the USA international could be one of the bargains of the season; with the rumoured transfer fee believed to be in the region of £3m.
So, will Johannsson solve their need for goals?
Well, the 24-year-old conjured up an impressive 29 goals in 58 league games for AZ Alkmaar in the Erevedise during his three year spell at the club (which is an average of one goal in every two games). This clearly shows that he has the capability of providing the goods for the Green-Whites; as long as he can be supplied with enough chances.
Standing at 6 feet tall, the former AZ man is suited to a game in-which he can both hold up the ball in order to bring others into the game or be slightly more mobile in terms of leading the line and latching onto through balls. Taking this into account, he could be the one signing which tells us that Skripnik is looking to alter the playing style in which Bremen have utilised for the past 2-3 years and implement a passing game. It’s no secret that Johannsson prefers to keep the ball on the deck and therefore, he could be the ‘link-up man’ between the midfield and the defence.
The Icelandic, American born striker has suddenly found himself in a more regular first team place within the United States national team this year; playing a role in their fourth place finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Bearing this in mind, it could be the perfect time for the River Islanders to have secured his services.
Johannsson will more than likely see his name in the starting XI when Werder come to face Schalke in their first game of the Bundesliga 2015/2016 season and it shall be interesting to see how quickly he adapts to life in Germany.