Cologne - Eight games down, 26 to go. The 53rd Bundesliga season is in full swing and already a different picture is being painted to the previous campaign.
Accordingly, bundesliga.com is focussing on the issues providing the brushstrokes at this early stage…
To celebrate German-American Day, a holiday observed annually in the United States, here’s a look at how the US Men’s National Team stars are getting on in Germany’s top flight so far this season.
Aron Johannsson - Bremen
Joining a new club with the pressure of making an immediate impact is never easy, but while SV Werder Bremen have struggled, Johannsson appears to have settled seamlessly into his new surroundings. "He's found friends here and doesn't feel like an outsider in the dressing room," said head coach Viktor Skripnik. The 24-year-old may only have two goals to his name so far, but his work-rate up front is providing an excellent foil for strike partner Anthony Ujah.
Alfredo Morales - Ingolstadt
FC Ingolstadt 04’s midfield terrier is the only American to have featured in all eight of his side’s Bundesliga encounters and has been one of die Schanzer's standouts as they continue to impress. Morales provided the assist for the club’s debut goal in Germany’s top flight, but it is his work closing down spaces and harrying opposition that has seen him thrive in the centre of the park for the newly promoted side.
Fabian Johnson - Gladbach
After tearing a calf muscle in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s opening-day defeat against their Dortmund namesakes, Johnson made an earlier than expected return and promptly got his name on the scoresheet in a 4-2 win over FC Augsburg on Matchday 6. The 27-year-old has cemented his place as the Foals' first-choice left winger, whilst having a big hand in the recent revival under interim coach Andre Schubert, a three-game winning streak.
John Anthony Brooks - Hertha
After playing just seven minutes in Hertha Berlin's opening two fixtures of the 2015/16 campaign, Brooks was handed a start in the 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 3. On account of niggling thigh and ankle injuries, however, the towering centre back has not featured since. With Fabian Lustenberger and Sebastian Langkamp in top form, Brooks has a fight on his hands to get back into the starting XI.
Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt
After ruffling Armin Veh's feathers by choosing country over club in the summer and subsequently being left out of the squad on Matchday 1, Chandler won his way back into the starting line-up only to suffer a meniscus injury in the 4-1 win in Stuttgart on Matchday 3. Now on the road to recovery after going under the surgeon's knife, Chandler will be hoping the season takes an upward turn when he finally makes his return.