With the January transfer window fast approaching, it’s no surprise to see Crystal Palace linked with all manner of potential targets and yesterday, stories broke of a potential New Year approach for frustrated Bayern Munich frontman Sandro Wagner.
The 6’4 striker is thought to be growing tired of playing nothing more than a back-up role to Robert Lewandowski at The Allianz Arena and is therefore considering a move away in the hope of securing regular football from week to week.
Now on the wrong side of 30, Wagner would be taking a real leap of faith in moving to England, having played his entire career in the German domestic set-up but with both Palace and West Ham repotted to be interested in securing his services, a shot at the Premier League may look rather appealing.
Having started his time as a professional on Bayern Munich’s books back in 2005, he played regularly for their reserve side but didn’t really establish himself as a goal-scorer until his time with Duisburg, where he managed to notch a mightily impressive 14 goals in just 39 appearances. From there, he went on to represent Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin, Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, scoring goals at a steady rate before returning to Bayern in December of 2017.
In the latter half of last season, he bagged nine goals in just 18 appearances, forcing many to sit up and take notice but this term, his lack of game-time has led to an understandable sense of restlessness.
Known for being something of a powerhouse, his hard-working approach to forward play has won him plenty of plaudits, with my own personal opinion being that he would be perfect for the English game, should he give it a whirl.
Do we stand a chance of landing him in January? I’d like to think so. Let’s just hope West Ham don’t get in there before us.