Bundesliga Football Special: Transfers, Hot Prospects & World Cup Hopefuls

Episode 24 · April 1st, 2018 · 1 hr 21 mins

About this Episode

I was joined by Abel to talk all things Bundesliga!

First up, we talked about Robert Lewandowski's future. Is he going to leave Bayern Munich this summer? The Munich Hierarchy certainly seem to think so- so why are there so many rumours this time around? At 29- this could be his last chance to make that blockbuster move....

Next up we talk about probably the Bundesliga's hottest prospect; Leon Bailey. Does his future lie in England? Could he indeed play in England? Abel does his best to dissect this incredibly complex situation!

The German national team isn't short of quality but perhaps the left back spot is where they are weakest. Is it really up for grabs? Or will Jonas Hector. Will Phillip Max who leads the league in assists pip him for the left full-back spot? Are premier league teams really gunning for the German youngster?

Back to the Bundesliga- what has been at the heart of Schalke's revival? Abel talks us through what effect the manager has had as well as some of the revitalised squad. But will it be stripped apart in the summer with a certain Max Meyer having six months left on his contract?

From one German youngster to an even younger one- Jann-Fiete Arp looks to be one of the brightest talents coming through in Germany. With Hamburger looking like they could go down and with 1 year left on his contract in the summer, where could he go in the summer?

Germany aren't short of young talent are they and Mahmoud Dahoud was outstanding for their u21 side in recent friendlies. I asked Abel where he saw Dahoud in a few years? Can he break into the senior team in the near future?

Moving on- we talked about English youngsters. Why are the likes of Ademola Lookman, Jadon Sancho and Reece Oxford moving to Germany? Will this trend continue? Abel talks about the gross amount of money in the premier league as well as the lack of opportunity for your average youngster. He also mentions the lack of coaching pedigree across the league when compared to the rest of Europe.

One of the most coveted talents in Europe is most certainly Timo Werner who will lead the line for Germany this coming World Cup. But will he be in the Bundesliga next season? Could he potentially be part of a domino effect when/if Lewandowski leaves this Summer? Abel discusses all of this and more.

One of the most interesting questions posed by listeners was whether or not some of the players playing in potentially relegated teams in the Bundesliga, could move on if they go down a division. Abel rattled off a list longer than your arm for everyone to check out on the Index!

The next section was all about Naby Keita and RB Leipzig. What can liverpool fans expect of him? Abel seems to think world domination...that's how highly he rates him! But perhaps more interestingly- who fills the void? Leipzig's never ending conveyor belt of talent surely must have a diamond in the rough that could step into the starting XI?! We also discuss who else could be poached from their team, namely talking about the future of one Emil Forsberg, as as well as Dayot Upamecano.

Finally we talk about Arturo Vidal. With one year left on his contract, is this the season he finally ends up in England? If he leaves- how big a part does Leon Goretzka have in filling the void?

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