The Bundesliga’s New Arrivals: Ready to Attack

The transfer window is always an exciting time for both clubs and fans, as new – and sometimes old – names are introduced to the Bundesliga. So who are the latest recruits to join the German top flight, and what do we already know about them? First up, let’s take a look at six of the most prominent attackers that the German league now calls their own.

Sadio Mane – FC Bayern München

Sadio Mane is a Senegalese superstar who plays for FC Bayern München. Having played his way through France, Austria, and the English Premier League, Sadio has developed into a world-class forward, twice winning the African Footballer of the Year award, as well as having been nominated for the Ballon d’Or. Mane has won an array of trophies in his career, including the Austrian title, the English Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup, as well as the UEFA Champions League with former club Liverpool.

Stats and facts

Age: 30
Nationality: Senegal
Previous Clubs: Metz (France), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), Southampton (England), Liverpool (England)

Good to know:
Mane is a consistent giver to charity in his homeland, having built schools and community centres in his home village, as well as a post office and petrol station.

Mathys Tel – FC Bayern München

Mathys Tel is a French talent who plays for Bayern München. Only 17, Tel joins the German giants from French outfit Rennes. As a promising forward, Tel showed his abilities whilst captaining the French under 17 team all the way to the Euro finals in May 2022 as France went on to lift the trophy. He contributed with three goals and one assist. In addition, he scored from the spot in penalty shoot-outs against Germany in the quarterfinals, and against Portugal in the semi-finals.

Stats and facts

Age: 17
Nationality: France
Previous Clubs: Rennes (France)

Good to know:
At the age of 16 years and 110 days, Mathys became the youngest player to appear in an official match for Rennes, a record which was previously held by now Real Madrid player and UEFA Champions League winner Eduardo Camavinga.

Oliver Burke – Werder Bremen

Oliver Burke is a Scottish footballer who plays for Werder Bremen. Burke is a familiar face in the Bundesliga, having played at RB Leipzig during the 2016-17 season. Having also played in Scotland for Celtic and for Alavés in Spain, Burke signed for Werder from Championship side Sheffield United.

Stats and facts

Age: 25
Nationality: Scotland
Previous Clubs: Nottingham Forest (England) – Bradford City (England, loan), RB Leipzig
(Germany), West Bromwich Albion (England) – Celtic (Scotland, loan) – Alavés (Spain, loan), Sheffield United (England) – Millwall (England, loan)

Good to know:
Burke broke his own record as the once most expensive Scottish player signing from Leipzig to West Bromwich Albion for £15m in 2017.

Ritsu Doan – SC Freiburg

Ritsu Doan is a Japanese attacker who plays for SC Freiburg but is no stranger to the Bundesliga. Doan, known as the “Japanese Lionel Messi”, has already spent some time playing in Germany for Arminia Bielefeld during the 2020-21 season, while on loan from Dutch giants PSV. An established international, Doan has made 26 appearances for the Japanese national side, scoring three goals.

Stats and facts

Age: 24
Nationality: Japan
Previous Clubs: Gamba Osaka (Japan) – Groningen (Netherlands, loan), Groningen
(Netherlands), PSV (Netherlands) – Arminia Bielefeld (Germany, loan)

Good to know:
Doan’s older brother Yu also plays professionally. He is a defensive midfielder who has had spells with various clubs in Japan’s lower leagues, most recently Ococias Kyoto AC.

Karim Adeyemi – Borussia Dortmund

Karim Adeyemi is a German footballer who plays for Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old has already made four appearances for the German national side, and signs for the Black and Yellows from Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg. Having been born to a Nigerian father and a Romanian mother, Adeyemi has established himself as an exciting, upcoming talent for the Bundesliga and German national team, and will have eyes on the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Stats and facts

Age: 20
Nationality: Germany
Previous Clubs: Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) – Liefering (Austria, loan)

Good to know:
Adeyemi scored on his Germany debut as a late substitute for Hansi Flick’s side in a 6-0 win over Armenia in 2021.

Timo Werner – RB Leipzig

Timo Werner is a German forward who this summer re-joined RB Leipzig. Having played more than 100 times for Die Roten Bullen in his first spell, Werner spent the last two years at Chelsea, where he played a crucial role in the side’s recent European success, winning the UEFA Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup. News about Werner’s homecoming has excited fans beyond Saxony, with fans internationally celebrating his return.

Stats and facts

Age: 26
Nationality: Germany
Previous Clubs: VfB Stuttgart (Germany), RB Leipzig (Germany) , Chelsea (England)

Good to know:
Werner never lost a Champions League game with Chelsea (15 games, 11 wins, 4 draws) and will hope to bring the same fortune to RB Leipzig’s UEFA Champions League campaign.