As the Bundesliga restarts this weekend, let’s count down the top 10 current Premier League players who have signed from Germany.
The Bundesliga is back this weekend, with a few mouthwatering fixtures on the cards to finally satisfy the appetites of fans. Bayern Munich will play tomorrow, while Dortmund crushed Schalke 4-0 in the famous Revierderby early on Saturday.
Football fans have waited over 2 months for the sport to return, and while things still aren’t quite the same with no fans and social distancing measures still in place somewhat, it is still far better than having nothing to watch and talk about. The last couple of months have been difficult for everybody.
In celebration of the Bundesliga’s restart, let’s take a look at the best Premier League players to join directly from Germany’s top division. This list will only count players who came directly, so someone like Mesut Ozil, who made a move to Real Madrid in between, would not qualify.
Some of the best players in the Premier League have come directly from the Bundesliga, although there is a noticeable gap in quality between the top 5 in this list, and the bottom 5. I’ll let you see that for yourself. Let’s start with West Ham’s striker:
10. Sebastien Haller – West Ham – Joined from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019
Sebastien Haller was considered one of the coups of the summer last season when he joined West Ham following a stunning season with Eintracht Frankfurt, where he scored 20 goals in all competitions.
The massive Frenchman, who possesses a wide array of skills, has not had the greatest debut Premier League season, but his 7 goals have still been important for the Hammers. He has to turn it up a notch next season if he is to be worth the club-record price tag of £36 million, however.
9. Granit Xhaka – Arsenal – Joined from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016
Granit Xhaka has had an up and down career at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal, but his stunning form under Mikel Arteta earns him a place on this list. Xhaka is a natural leader, and continues to lead by example for the Gunners, influencing them greatly both on and off the ball.
If he can keep up this sort of form, which seems entirely possible under a manager like Mikel Arteta, then Xhaka’s stock will certainly rise among Premier League fans. He certainly isn’t anywhere near as bad a player as some make him out to be.