8 Bundesliga players who'd make terrific Premier League signings – and who they'd suit
Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin)
Crystal Palace are eyeing up midfield reinforcements this season and there’s a hyper-energetic player in Germany to suit: Darida. Since his switch from Viktoria Plzen, the central midfielder has found his feet quickly in Germany, amassing 131 league appearances across stints at Freiburg and Hertha Berlin.
Darida is often the midfielder covering every blade of grass to break up play; he’s not scared to go and get involved. The Czech Republic international brings experience at the highest level, alongside winning titles in his homeland. This in itself should be an added boost for Roy Hodgson’s team if they want to avoid the drop this season. Darida would likely cost under £10m, so would be an affordable replacement for Yohan Cabaye or Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Would suit: Crystal Palace
James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich, from Real Madrid)
Eyebrows were raised when James joined Bayern Munich on loan from Real Madrid last summer. Those doubts were thrown out of the window quite quickly as the Colombian showed what a consummate professional he is, though, turning the clock back to the kind of form he delivered at the 2014 World Cup.
Having only just turned 27, James still has time on his side. Where his future lies in another matter. He officially has another year of his loan deal at Bayern – but there's no guarantee he'll stay, with rumours suggesting the Munich club are looking at replacement options should he make a permanent move elsewhere.
Given his profile and performances at the highest level, he’s a perfect Manchester United player. The real question mark is around how the manager might perceive him; is James the right player for a Jose Mourinho project?
Time will tell. The two appear to be closely linked via their respective agencies. Given his success in Germany, James has enough pedigree to single-handedly restore Old Trafford to greatness next season, should United pull off an audacious move.
Would suit: Manchester United
Max Kruse (Werder Bremen)
Someone has to fill the Wayne Rooney-sized void at Goodison Park. Werder Bremen’s enigmatic forward Kruse has been long linked with a move to the Premier League as he continues to impress in the Bundesliga for less-equipped teams. Now 30, and with one year left in Bremen, this feels like the last chance of a major move for the German.
On the ball, there aren’t many like him. Kruse's left foot is masterful; he can see passes ahead of other players while perfectly executing the killer ball from deep. He can play as a conventional No.10 or lead from the front and create opportunities for other advanced players around him. Everton’s new director of football Marcel Brands will be well aware of Kruse’s quality, and the player has all the tools to succeed in the Premier League.
Would suit: Everton
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)
David Wagner’s first-ever Premier League campaign was memorable as Huddersfield retained their place in the top tier.
Consolidation is pivotal to the club’s fortunes, so extra quality is needed to turn defence into attack for the coming season. Eintracht Frankfurt’s Fabian could be the man to add some vital creativity to Huddersfield’s attack. The 28-year-old Mexico international, part of El Tri's 2018 World Cup squad, is apparently available for just €10m, having joined the Eagles for a mere €3m.
Last season was disrupted by injury and he struggled to make a telling impact, but the season before, Fabian scored seven goals in 24 games and set up another four. A work permit could potentially be a stumbling block, but given the fee, a transfer should pass the criteria. Fabian can bring experience, intelligence and new ideas to any side in the Premier League outside of the top six.
Would suit: Huddersfield