French World Cup winning star Lucas Hernandez could become the world’s most expensive defender after reports in Spain emerged linking the 22 year old to a January move to Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants are reportedly willing to match his release clause (85 million euros) which will make young Hernandez the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the fee Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk last season.
It would be interesting to see if the transfer materialises- Bayern are normally not known for spending such amounts of money- it would essentially be more than double than that of their current record signing (Corentin Tollisso). However one could argue that the market has reached a stage where such fees are “normal”, and Bayern need to spend heavily on reinforcements if they are to challenge for continental honours again. Continue reading
Jadon Sancho’s having a whole lot of fun in Germany, and there was plenty of evidence of his talent on show again this weekend in Dortmund’s win over Freiburg. Here’s one such clip, where he gets past several Freiburg defenders with a fantastic piece of skill. Dortmund won 2-0 and are already nine points ahead of defending champions Bayern Munich with over a third of the season gone Continue reading
RB Leipzig claimed their first ever win over German champions Bayern Munich as goals from Naby Keita and Timo Werner saw them edge the Bavarian giants 2-1 at the Red Bull Arena.
Bayern, whose last competitive defeat prior to this game was the 2-1 loss away at Borussia Monchengladbach back in November, took the lead in the 12th minute when Sandro Wagner headed in James Rodriguez’s pin point cross.
However Leipzig were causing Bayern all sorts of problems on the right, and their equaliser, not surprisingly, came from that flank. Timo Werner’s first time effort was deflected by Niklas Sule, but Naby Keita was on hand to slot home the rebound in the 37th minute.
Leipzig completed the comeback in the 56th minute and it was Keita and Werner who were involved again, with the former setting up the latter. Werner’s goal was his first after a seven game goalless drought in the Bundesliga.
RBL had failed to win in four previous attempts against Bayern and this was also their first league win in over a month (the last one being the 2-0 home win against Augsburg)
Leipzig’s next game is away at Hannover while Bayern will host Borussia Dortmund.
Leipzig 2 (Keita, Werner) beat Bayern Munich 1 (Sandro Wagner)
This year, six English players have played in the Bundesliga alone, and this figure is more than the previous 37 seasons combined. Germany, of course, is known for promoting young talent, but this perhaps also points to a lack of opportunities domestically. The Premier League is a more money-rich league, which means the pressure on managers to perform is ENORMOUS, and they end up backing the tried and tested players rather than giving a chance to the unproven. Ademola Lookman became the first English player to score in the Bundesliga since Owen Hargreaves back in 2005.
English players to have played in the Bundesliga 17/18 season
Jadon Sancho (Dortmund from Man City)
Reece Oxford (Monchengladbach from West Ham)
Ademola Lookman (Leipzig from Everton)
Mandela Egbo (Monchengladbach from Crystal Palace)
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg from Arsenal)
Ryan Kent (Freiburg from Liverpool)
One could also include the likes of young Danny Collinge, who plays for Stuttgart’s reserve team, or even Kevin Danso, the Austrian born to Ghanaian parents, who spent a major part of his life growing up in England, but now plays for Augsburg.