With the transfer window closed and the international break giving managers and coaches the chance to assess their squads fully before the league resumes. With only two games gone in the Bundesliga season, a break this early seems jarring, but can be helpful for teams who have started poorly and for new signings to prove their worth at their new clubs. Here are five players worth keeping an eye on in Germany’s top flight having recently joined a new team.
Paco Alcacer – Borussia Dortmund – Forward (£1.98)
Borussia Dortmund’s money men repeatedly insisted they wouldn’t buy a new striker for the sake of it, but had to pull the trigger on a frontman following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season and Michy Batshuayi’s temporary loan stay. Their new number nine has arrived from Barcelona, but was not included in BVB’s second game of the season as he looks to build fitness. Alcacer will undoubtedly start at every available opportunity from now on, especially as Dortmund looked so ineffective in attack against Hannover. He averaged a goal every three games in Spain, while his record at international level of six in 13 gives plenty of reason to get excited.
Aaron Martin – Mainz – Defender (£0.74)
Spain Under-21 full-back Martin is a surprising signing for Mainz, but has hit the ground running after arriving on loan from Espanyol. He provided his first assist of the season in the 1-1 draw with Nuernberg, providing a perfect cross for Jean-Philippe Mateta to head home. Mainz have started brightly despite pre-season predictions they could face a relegation battle, and in Martin, they have a young attacking-minded talent capable of influencing matches and winning points.
Alassane Plea – Borussia Monchengladbach – Forward (£1.82)
A £25 million purchase from Nice, a lot will be expected of Plea at Gladbach. He came off the bench against Augsburg to score his first ever Bundesliga goal, but has already shown fans what he can do with a hat-trick in the cup win over Hastedt. He has yet to start in the league, but with four goals in just 145 minutes of football at his new club, it won’t be long before head coach Dieter Hecking decides to unleash the forward from the outset. He has continually improved his annual tally, with 11 and 16 goals in the last two seasons for Nice, and it would not be surprising if the 25-year-old sets another personal best this season.
Sebastian Rudy – Schalke – Midfield (£0.84)
Parachuted into the Schalke starting XI less than 24 hours after arriving at the club, Rudy is one of Germany’s most talented midfielders. Joachim Low’s side had their best period of football at the World Cup when the defensive midfielder was on the pitch, and looked at sea when he was absent. He had a hugely disappointing season at Bayern Munich last year, rarely playing due to their abundance of stars, but will be Schalke’s talisman for the future following a £16.5m move to Gelsenkirchen.
Kevin Trapp – Eintracht Frankfurt – GK (£0.53)
Forced to watch from the bench at PSG, Germany international goalkeeper Trapp has finally decided to leave Paris and play some regular football. Frankfurt decided to replace experienced stopper Lukas Hradecky with Brondby’s Frederik Ronnow, but have already ended that experiment after the big Dane looked less than reliable in the first few games of the season. Trapp will be determined to prove himself back in his home country after making just four league appearances in 2017-18.