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5 Bundesliga players who should move to the Premier League

The Premier League is often touted as the best league in the world. Whether that’s due to the quality of football or its’ level of excitement is to be debated, but what do we know is that the Premier League is certainly the most-watched football league on the planet. That’s why everyone wants to come to England and experience the bright lights.

There are several players in the Bundesliga who are worthy of such an honour. They’ve proved themselves in the tactically versatile Bundesliga, now it’s time for them to prove their selves on the grandest stage of them all.

Here are 5 Bundesliga players who should move to the Premier League.

#5 Bernd Leno

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Aren’t Liverpool in dire need of a goalkeeper right now? Simon Mignolet just cost them the game at Wembley against Spurs and Loris Karius hasn’t had one impressive performance yet. But putting aside Liverpool’s keeper woes, Bernd Leno is one of the most underrated keepers in world football. And his very existence further highlights how deep Germany’s squad depth is. As national keepers they have; the incomparable Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter-Stegen, Kevin Trapp and our subject, Bernd Leno. Talk about unfair.

The German has never played anywhere outside of the Bundesliga. He came up through the Stuttgart youth academy, graduated to their first team and made a daring move to Bayern Leverkusen. Since then, he’s made 200 appearances for Leverkusen and now has bags of experience under his belt. At a 170lbs and 6 feet 3 inches tall, Leno would easily adjust to the physicality of the Premier League.

#4 Timo Werner

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This season already, Timo Werner has scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists in just 7 Bundesliga appearances. He’s continued his rich vein of form from last season, where he scored 21 in 31 games. That’s what you call consistency and such quality cannot be ignored.

The Germans striker may not be the quickest, strongest or most skilful, but what he does possess is intelligence. His off the ball movement is at times almost impossible to track, as he has a knack for finding himself in the right positions. Even when opposing teams play with a high line, Werner ensures he plays on the shoulder of the last defender, timing his runs to perfection so he gets a head start.

Such intelligence would be vital in the Premier League as Werner would need to find a way to stay one step ahead of the physical PL defenders. He could follow in the footsteps of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, a man who used his positioning to become one of the best strikers the league has ever seen. Such is the quality of this young German, he could walk into most starting XIs in the PL.

#3 Arturo Vidal

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Arturo Vidal is one of the most physically combative midfielders in the world today.  There’s no high-profile player that wants a 50-50 duel with the Chilean. That’s why he’d be perfect for the Premier League because it’s a league that focuses more on physicality than technicality. His high-octane style of play has energised Bayern Munich’s midfield for years, giving them a needed edge in tight games.

The Chilean doesn’t just have a relentless work rate, he’s also versatile, a trait Pep Guardiola taught him. The 30-year-old can play as an ever-moving box-to-box midfielder or he can tone it down and be a reserved holding midfielder. Such qualities would make him a guaranteed starter for anyone in the league, including Manchester City.

#2 Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

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The Gabonese striker is one of the most exciting talents in world football. He’s as raw, as explosive and pacey as they come but for some reason, nobody has splashed the big bucks on Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang yet. He was rumoured to be joining Real Madrid in the summer but those plans never came to fruition as Zinedine Zidane deemed Karim Benzema adequate enough.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has scored a total of 167 goals in his career, a tally that puts him in a class of his own. There’s no doubt that he could translate that form to the Premier League, as he has all the physical traits to adjust to the English game.

#1 Emil Forsberg


The Swedish international took the Bundesliga by storm last season. He alongside his RB Leipzig teammates announced themselves to the world in spectacular fashion. It was Naby Keita and Timo Werner who grabbed all the headlines but behind them, Emil Forsberg was there pulling all the strings.

In 30 Bundesliga appearances, Forsberg scored 8 goals and assisted 22 times, that means he directly contributed to a goal per game. Those are amazing numbers that the Swede could translate into the Premier League.

Emil Forsberg can best be described as a mix between Mesut Özil and Kevin De Bruyne. He has the silky touch & agility of Özil fused with the direct style of De Bruyne. That’s the best of both worlds and alongside his tireless work rate, he would be a perfect fit for England. Forsberg could easily fit in at teams like; Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton.

 

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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