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RB Leipzig building a promising team

David Nugent in General Soccer News 23 Jul 2019

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RB Leipzig seem to divide fans in Germany. Some fans hate them because of the fact that they are a club who are perceived to have bought success. In the Bundesliga where clubs are financially well managed and do not overspend, Leipzig are a rarity.

However, there is also a case that Bayern Munich are just too good for every other team in the league, despite Dortmund’s relatively close call with the title last season.

Some fans would love to see the Bavarians knocked off their perch in the near future, even if it is by a bunch of new kids on the block.

Lookman set for a move back to Leipzig

According to Sky Sports, RB Leipzig are close to signing Everton winger Ademola Lookman for a reported fee of around £22.5m. The deal seems to work for everybody. The youngster spent a successful loan spell at the German club in 2018, scoring five goals and producing three assists in just 11 appearances.

He seemed to thrive in the Bundesliga style of play. Therefore, the move could bring the best out of the youngster, especially he is likely to see a lot of playing time

The deal will work for Everton because he has never quite gained a regular starting spot in the Toffees first-team. Reports suggested that he sulked about not being allowed to make the move to Germany last summer. The Toffees will make a decent profit on a player that signed for a reported initial fee of £8.5m from Charlton back in 2017.

A good summers business so far

The Lookman signing is not the first clever move in the transfer market by the German club this summer. They have already snapped up highly-rated French midfielder Christopher Nkunku for a fee of just £12million, which by today’s crazy standards is an absolute bargain.

The team from Leipzig have also signed Wales starlet Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan deal. The youngster has impressed for his national team and is regarded as one of the most promising young players in the British game.

However, arguably the best piece of business that RB Leipzig have conducted in recent months is nabbing highly-rated head coach Julian Nagelsmann. The 32-year-old is one of the best young coaches in European football. He is regarded as something of a coaching prodigy.

He has done an exceptional job at Hoffenheim on a limited budget. Nagelsmann’s has not only kept the minnows in the Bundesliga, but he has also helped them compete for the European places, all while playing his own brand of football.

The ingredients are all there at Leipzig for the club to be very successful in the future. Bit by bit the German club are strengthening in many different areas, which means big promise for the future.

Outsiders for the Bundesliga title

RB Leipzig have been there or thereabouts the European spots for their three years in the Bundesliga. In their debut campaign season 2016/17, they were the league’s surprise package finishing as runners-up to champions Bayern Munich. The next season they finished fifth-place and last season qualified for the Champions League via a third-place finish.

RB Leipzig are odds of 16/1 to win the Bundesliga title next season. They are clearly outsiders for then German title. However, if they keep their current trajectory of signing young promising players and developing them, they could have a bright future.

RB Leipzig may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but they could be the big threat to Germany’s big two of Bayern and Dortmund next season and beyond.

Could RB Leipzig mount a realistic title challenge next season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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