Bundesliga left-backs who Premier League clubs should sign
The Bundesliga is home to some world-class players. Despite Bayern Munich running away with the league title this season, Germany’s first division is still entertaining to watch and some great players are still on show. Premier League sides, of all sizes, do tend to scout the Bundesliga to look for potential signings. There are some decent left-backs who would be shrewd acquisitions for English clubs this summer, here they are:
Jonas Hector, Koln
He has been a shining light in a struggling Koln side this season. The experienced left-back has established himself in Germany’s national team since bursting on to the scene in Euro 2016. It is surprising that a bigger club has not snapped him up yet. Koln, who are routed to the bottom of the Bundesliga, could be playing their football in the German second division in the next campaign. Hector is contracted to them until 2021, however, he will be the subject of interest from other clubs at the end of the season. He was linked with a move to Liverpool after he impressed at Euro 2016 for Germany and it will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp will move for him again at the end of the season. He has played for Koln since 2012 and you would imagine he would fancy a new challenge in his career, should they get relegated.
Philipp Max, Augsburg
The Augsburg left-back has been one of their most influential players this season and is highly thought of in Germany. He has provided more assists than any other Bundesliga player this season. The 24-year-old has nailed down a regular first-team starting place at Augsburg and they could face a battle in holding onto him as a result of his form this season. He played for Bayern Munich and Schalke as a youngster but never broke into the first-team at either. His move to Augsburg has enabled him to make a name for himself and he should be a target for English clubs this summer. He would be ideal for a top ten club in the top flight, due to his defensive abilities and his attacking threat as well.
Marvin Plattenhart, Hertha Berlin
He has been a regular for Hertha Berlin in both their Bundesliga campaign and in their Europa League fixtures. He was called up by Germany for their Confederations Cup last year and he is trying to force his way into their plans for the World Cup in Russia this summer. He was a target for various clubs last season but signed a new deal with Berlin. Nevertheless, English clubs should try and sign him. He is a solid defender and would also be a useful acquisition as he is a dead-ball specialist. He has established himself in Germany now since he joined Berlin in 2014, having previously played for Nurnberg. A move to the Premier League would be a new challenge for him and a chance to test himself in England.
Oscar Wendt, Borussia Monchengladbach
The 32-year-old is vastly experienced and has played 132 games for Gladbach in all competitions since he signed for them in 2011. He started his career IFK Gotebord before moving to Copenhagen in 2006. He spent five years with the Danish giants before switching to Germany to sign for Gladbach. He has also made 28 caps for Sweden and will be hoping to be at the World Cup in June. His contract at Gladbach expires in 2019 and they may want to sell him this summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer next season. He would be ideal for a Premier League side as he would do a job for a season or two.