The 2013-14 Bundesliga season has already kicked off, and there are 10 months of intrigue ahead of us.
Here are 10 players to watch in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season:
1. Thiago Alcantara
Having been signed by Bayern Munich for £21.6million, Thiago Alcantara will have to prove that he belongs among the greats. After his scintillating display in the u21 European Championships, even scoring a hat-trick in the final, the stage has been set for the young Spaniard. Whether he can establish himself as a starter in a midfield that is riddled with more talent than the Spanish midfield remains to be seen, but he has been lured to Munich with promises, and perhaps one of them was that he will be starting some games. Alcantara’s future is bright and hopefully it will not be wasted like that of Shaqiri, on the bench
2. Ilkay Gundogan
After Nuri Sahin departed for Real Madrid, Dortmund knew they had lost a great talent whose position may not be easily filled for years to come, but they were wrong. It did not take Gundogan long before he established himself as the team’s undisputed anchor in the midfield. This season, Gundogan will be stepping out of Goetze’s shadow and show why he will be the first name on the team sheet when Germany challenges for the World Cup next year. The young German has not only become indispensable to Dortmund, but the National Team has come to rely heavily on him. He possesses everything that a modern midfielder needs, and his dribbling skills are the icing on the cake. Gundogan will be the driving force behind Dortmund’s title challenge and in him, Dortmund possess something Bayern lacks and that is a midfielder that can do all three, dribble, shoot and pass.
3. Leon Goretzka
The Bochum trainee that recently switched allegiances to FC Schalke was brought in to fill the shoes of Lewis Holtby. At just 18, Goretzka already has played one season in the 2. Bundesliga, but so impressed have his admirers been that the world was watching who would snap him up. He is tall, strong and reminds the Germans of a traditional midfielder from a generation long gone. His passing is exquisite while he tends to stay calm and collected when in possession of the ball. How the pace of the Bundesliga will affect the teen, no one can predict, but FC Schalke is certain that he will be their missing piece in the midfield puzzle.