8 Bundesliga players who'd make terrific Premier League signings – and who they'd suit
Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg)
To non-Bundesliga watchers, Finnbogason is just the centre-forward who pops up alongside the Viking clap at major international finals. However, for the best part of two seasons, the 29-year-old has been one of the most underrated strikers in Germany’s top division.
Strong, mobile and with a good goalscoring record behind him, Finnbogason would be a decent fit for Southampton or Newcastle, who both require a goalscorer. He speaks English, has lived in the UK and struck in several different leagues across Europe – so lots of boxes are already ticked.
Overall, he’s struck 22 in 49 Bundesliga games, after netting 59 in 70 across the border in Holland. With those stats, the Icelandic striker is a good choice to offer a quality upgrade on Charlie Austin and Shane Long.
Would suit: Southampton, Newcastle.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Other players stole the headlines for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, but few were as instrumental as Mexico international Salcedo. The 24-year-old centre-back adjusted impressively from Chivas in Liga MX to one of the most traditional clubs in German football.
Right-footed, fast and excellent in one-on-one situations, Salcedo featured in all four of Mexico’s World Cup games this summer. After signing midfielders Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham should look to upgrade their current defensive options following a torrid season at the London Stadium.
They also don’t come as pragmatic as new manager Manuel Pellegrini. The experienced boss should be able to identify players with classic South American traits who can bring some defensive resilience to the Hammers this season. Work permit permitting, Salcedo would be an interesting option for the London club.
Would suit: West Ham
Niclas Fullkrug (Hannover)
There are few Bundesliga players in such a rich vein of form as Hannover’s Fullkrug. The 25-year-old has come alive this season for the Reds, scoring 14 goals in 26 league starts. Across the top two German divisions, Fullkrug has struck 44 times in just over 150 games.
A traditional No.9 who offers plenty of mobility, the German comes alive inside the box. He’s quick, prolific and decisive in front of goal. The Bundesliga’s style has evolved to become a lot closer to that of the Premier League in recent years, so Fullkrug is well suited to a physical, end-to-end kind of game.
Given his current club, he would also be on the cheaper end of the spectrum for a Premier League side. If the stats and price add up, Fullkrug could be the next ‘Big Friendly German’ to make an impact across the Channel.
Would suit: Newcastle
Kevin Vogt (Hoffenheim)
With Maurizio Sarri taking the reins at Stamford Bridge, there’s going to be a serious turnaround in football philosophy at Chelsea. Sarri’s Napoli side didn’t quite hit the heights in terms of silverware but will go down as one of the best European sides of the last few seasons. The Italian will be hoping to bring that flavour of Naples to the Premier League.
Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt could be an instrumental player for the Blues. The 26-year-old has transformed himself under manager Julian Nagelsmann from a water-carrier midfielder in Augsburg to a talented, ball-playing central defender. Indeed, Vogt is perhaps the most impressive Bundesliga player at bringing the ball out of defence – so much so that Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in securing his services.
If Sarri wants his defenders to engage in build-up play, Vogt might be the man to splash more than £20m on this summer.
Would suit: Chelsea