Bundesliga will become the first of the top five European footballing leagues to return, after getting the clearance from the federal government. While the future of other leagues, including the Premier League, hangs in the balance, the return of Bundesliga, will, no doubt, allow European giants to continue their scouting mission.
In this article, we will focus on Tottenham Hotspur and three players they should keep an eye on when the German top division returns to action on May 16.
Tottenham Hotspur desperately need a secondary striker to not only provide backup for Harry Kane but to also potentially replace him, in case he leaves the club in the future. However, with the Lilywhites likely to miss out on Champions League football, they might not be able to attract top-class strikers like Timo Werner or Mauro Icardi.
That is why Jose Mourinho should set his sights on Patrik Schick. The Czech international has made quite an impact since arriving from AS Roma on loan, having notably scored seven goals in just 15 league games. Schick’s aggression, combined with his pace and discipline, would make him an ideal player for Mourinho.
Hence, Spurs should keep an eye on the 24-year-old striker, who will undoubtedly play a key role as RB Leipzig look to pip Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to the title during the remainder of the campaign.
When it comes to utility players, there are very few Bundesliga stars more useful than Filip Kostic. Although the Eintracht Frankfurt ace has established himself as a reliable winger in recent years, his remarkable work-rate, aggression and fighting spirit have made him one of the most highly-rated players in the German top flight.
Indeed, the Serbian’s influence has been critical to Adi Hutter’s success at Eintracht. This season, for example, he has been involved in 13 goals, helping the Eagles somehow maintain their mid-table status.
A left-winger by trade, Kostic is a tailor-made fit for Mourinho’s pragmatic style of play. He could undoubtedly thrive in the fast-paced nature of English football. And more importantly, he won’t be as expensive as other PL stars – making him a potential summer target for the Lilywhites.
After joining FC Schalke in January, in a short-term loan deal from FC Barcelona, Jean-Clair Todibo has raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances this season. The Frenchman has already made five appearances, during which his side has conceded only five goals while keeping two clean sheets.
Schalke, therefore, will no doubt try to sign Todibo permanently in the summer. However, Tottenham would have the upper hand as far as the financial situation is concerned.
Hence, the Premier League giants should definitely monitor the defender’s progress throughout the season. If the 20-year-old can sustain his performances, he could potentially be an ideal long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen.