Gladbach’s Winter Acquisitions
Dülp at the German blog Bolzplatz has an interesting post on Gladbach and the club’s recent winter acquisitions. He’s experiencing a crisis of faith in the club, seeing Meyer‘s recent moves as “Advocaat Reloaded.” In other words, Meyer’s calls for a complete rebuilding of the team and given carte blanche to do so are reminiscent of the current Zenit manager’s tenure. In November 2004 he arrived with ambitions of competing for a title and left 6 months later, having reorganized the side with nothing to show for it.
Except for promising goalkeeper Logan Bailly, acquired from KRC Genk, Dülp is apprehensive about the other three defensive acquisitions. Dante‘s form has been inconsistent between the French and Belgian leagues, and as the author points out, the Bundesliga is a different animal entirely. Paul Stalteri, although a regular for the Canadian national team, lacked the pace and technique to cut it in the EPL. Finally Tomas Galasek, former Czech national team captain and Nuremberg player (2006-08), is, frankly, over the hill. Although Dülp’s focuses more on how his performances in the Czech league for Baník Ostrava may have inflated his perceived worth.
The rest of the post is dedicated to the increasing emotional distance he sees emerging between himself and the club. I won’t bother butchering that. If you’re truly interested, although it doesn’t look too nice translated by an algorithm, here’s a link to the google-fied English version.