Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski-Borussia Dortmund
Kuba is an all-out work horse. He plays as a winger at BVB, and is known for his pace and skill. In 217 appearances for Dortmund, he has 30 goals,
He's won 2 back to back German League titles with BVB, in 2011 and 2012, and a German League Cup in 2012, as well as a German Super Cup in 2013. He also helped guide Dortmund to the final of the Champions League last year, picking up a runners-up medal.
We eye a move for him in January knowing that our efforts in the winter transfer window last year proved a success, bringing in the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho, which helped push us into a final place of 7th in the Premier League table in May.
In my mind, Kuba would be a great addition to the ranks, though it won't be easy. Kuba has a contract until 2018, and BVB obviously have Champions League football. Can Brendan weave his words as he did with Phil?
Another man on BR's radar seems to be highly rated Spanish Midfielder Koke. Born Jorge Merodio, at 21 years of age he's made 118 appearances for Atleti, scoring 9 goals, and so despite his age, has plenty of 1st team experience.
The only thing that worries me is his goals, yet Brendan seems to be after more of a setup man than anything else, who can play behind the front three as he looks to move Coutinho into that front 3, a #10, if you will.
Another problem may be the fact that we have so many midfield players to start with, even with Kuba, mentioned above, that we have a total of 7 midfielders currently on the squad.
Who would you get rid of to make room for either of these? Henderson looks to be steadily improving, his season so far has been nothing short of the quality you'd expect from a top Premier League player.
Joe Allen seems the odd man out, yet he's one of Brendan's signings, and so would probably be given the benefit of the doubt. It would certainly be difficult to choose.
But, that's for Brendan to decide. I do believe that these two could help the squad improve.
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