It’s nearly upon us…
This weekend sees Germany kick off the long-awaited return of competitive top-flight football in Europe, and with a jam-packed schedule to fit in over the coming weeks, it’s sure to be a viewing feast for Bundesliga fans old and new.
Last week we looked at some of the best sub-£1 Germany-based players on Football Index, and this week we are going even deeper by sharing five sub-50p players we think could see some gains during the coming period.
In no particular order, here they are…
Levin Oztunali (£0.50)
1. FSV Mainz 05
The lower reaches of the Index are all about finding those gems that – for whatever reason – look underpriced, whether that’s in silo or benchmarking with others.
And Levin Oztunali is in that bracket.
He represented Germany at every level from under-15 to under-21, becoming a double European Championship winner in the process (at under-19 level in 2014 and at under-21 level in 2017), and also won the under-18 Fritz Walter silver medal (awarded to the best young German players) behind Julian Brandt (£2.85) in 2014.
And this season he has shown why he has that pedigree.
He has four goals and three assists from 20 appearances in the Bundesliga, and has put in some excellent overall displays for Mainz in central or right-sided attacking positions.
Felix Passlack (£0.49)
Dortmund’s star full-back Achraf Hakimi (£2.79) looks likely to move on from Signal Iduna Park in the summer.
And that leaves a vacancy – with Felix Passlack the one who could fill it.
The 21-year-old prospect – who spent a year on loan at Norwich City in their 2018-19 Championship-winning season – has been on loan at Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard this term, where he has had an excellent campaign, netting three goals and four assists in 28 total appearances.
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Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has reportedly not made up his mind about Passlack’s fate yet, but if he does return to Germany then – with a first proper senior campaign now under his belt – he could develop apace in Lucien Favre’s attack-minded XI.
He already has quite the career behind him. He represented Germany at every youth level from under-16s to under-21s, and is one of the youngest players ever to score in the UEFA Champions League, when he notched in Dortmund’s extraordinary 8-4 win over Legia Warsaw back in 2016.
Jeremiah St. Juste (£0.42)
1. FSV Mainz 05
A Dutch centre-back with incredible recovery pace and who is a constant threat at set-pieces…sounds a lot like a certain Liverpool defender, doesn’t it?
The Mainz man, still only 23, made his senior debut for SC Heerenveen in Holland aged just 18, and such has been his performances for the 05ers this campaign – he has two goals and one assist to go with some towering defensive displays – that he has been turning heads across Europe.
Literally as well as metaphorically, as he has been clocked at an extraordinary 22.1mph this term.
Able to play at right-back as well as in midfield, ‘Jerry’ is also comfortable on the ball and would seem to have all the capabilities to play at a higher level.
And if Mainz are relegated – they sit perilously close to the drop – expect that move to come about sooner rather than later.
Reece Oxford (£0.48)
What will this summer bring for Reece Oxford? The talented defensive midfielder is rumoured to be on his way back to England, with The Mirror reporting in recent weeks that Crystal Palace and several EFL Championship clubs are eyeing the 21-year-old.
Yet Augsburg’s official Twitter account posted a picture of Oxford all smiles in training prior to this weekend’s resumption, and if he features once again in their squad during the run-in – he hasn’t played a minute of Bundesliga football since early November – could that mean he ends up staying?
Whilst he has not had the impact in Germany many people expected, the former Hammer has nonetheless appeared against both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season, experiences which will stand him in good stead whatever happens.
Traders have already begun picking up on the noises, and with his value up 14% in the last month, now might be the time to consider him before any confirmed transfer back to England, and the likely accompanying share price spike.
Rouwen Hennings (£0.44)
A number of the Bundesliga’s top goalscorers have seen their price grow in recent weeks as traders look for matchday dividend candidates.
But Rouwen Hennings – who spent two years at Burnley between 2015 and 2017 – has not risen as much as you might expect the joint fifth-highest marksman in the division to do.
His age might play a part here, but if you accept he is a short-term trade, he could net some winnings in the gameweeks to come.
Hennings’ 11 strikes this campaign have been absolutely critical for relegation-threatened Dusseldorf, but they had dried up before the pause.
He scored 10 times in his first 13 league matches, but perhaps as the fatigue of the season caught up with him, he failed to find the net in the last eight before the enforced break.
The chance to rest and recover has, therefore, come at the right juncture, and it could not only help his side to escape the drop, but also see him back in the goals.