8 potential Bundesliga bargains that Premier League clubs should be looking at
Caglar Soyuncu (Freiburg)
Freiburg were the revelation of the 2016/17 season, with the coach Christian Streich promoting numerous youngsters. Maximilian Philipp has been sold to Borussia Dortmund already, while Vincenzo Grifo has joined Monchengladbach. Caglar Soyuncu is another name on the exceptional list, and the 21-year-old defender is arguably the most surprising of them all.
Soyuncu is good with the ball, loves to start attacks from the back, and has even been likened to Mats Hummels
Signed as a virtual unknown from second division Altinurdu in Turkey, the youngster became an undisputed starter for the team that finished seventh in the Bundesliga.
Soyuncu is far from the finished article; his positioning is not always perfect, and he can be a bit reckless at times. In fact, he often resembles David Luiz, but the Turkish international definitely shares a lot of positive qualities with the Chelsea star as well. Very confident, he is good with the ball, loves to start attacks from the back, and has even been likened to Mats Hummels by some. Both Manchester clubs have already been linked to the Turkish prodigy.
Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg)
The 23-year-old Greek international is familiar with English football, having played for Fulham on loan from Bayer Leverkusen in the 2014/15 season. Stafylidis' spell with the Cottagers was rather disappointing, as the team had one of the worst defensive records in the Championship, while then manager Kit Symons called his left-back "petulant" following a red card against Leeds United. However, the youngster has made remarkable progress since, and his last season at Augsburg was outstanding.
Tough in the tackle and disciplined at the back, Stafylidis is a modern defender who loves joining attacks. His shooting from distance is exceptionally strong, and he managed to score four goals in 2016/17. The Greek player is a free-kick expert as well, able to place the ball where he wants to.
He has became a crucial starter for a Greek national team that's conceded just twice in five matches in the World Cup qualifiers with Stafylidis on the pitch. Premier League clubs should certainly look at him.
Joel Pohjanpalo (Bayer Leverkusen)
Manchester United know everything about the Scandinavian who scores lots of goals as a substitute. It might be a bit premature to compare Pohjanpalo to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his record for Bayer Leverkusen was absolutely astonishing last season. Believe it or not, the 22-year-old Finnish striker managed to score six goals in just 182 minutes on the pitch.
In September, Pohjanpalo entered the field with Leverkusen trailing 1-0 versus Hamburg with 18 minutes remaining. He scored a hat-trick and gifted his team a 3-1 win. Unfortunately, the rising star was injured shortly afterwards, but it's unclear why he wasn't given many chances in the second half of the season.
Pohjanpalo duly scored as a subsititute on the season's last two matchdays, and he should be desperate to leave for a team that rates him higher. Would a Premier League club gamble on him?
Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim)
The rise of Demirbay could hardly have been more impressive during the 2016/17 season. Up until last summer, the midfielder was unfortunately best known for his sexist comments to a female referee, having claimed that "women have no place in football". That happened during his problematic loan spell at second division Fortuna Dusseldorf, but joining a Hoffenheim side led by brilliant young coach Julian Nagelsmann proved to be an inspired decision for all involved.
Demirbay was absolutely outstanding last season, his industrious box-to-box performances in midfield crucial to Hoffenheim's historic Champions League qualification. Six goals and eight assists are impressive stats, but they don't tell the whole story about his contribution, and Joachim Low was certainly impressed.
Demirbay has been included in the Germany squad for the Confederations Cup, getting the No.10 shirt. Hoffenheim don't see themselves as a selling club, and the 23-year-old might be reluctant to leave Nagelsmann too soon, but he is definitely worth a look.