He forms one part of a prolific forward partnership at Werder Bremen and has his sights set on another stint in Germany's top flight, but what else is there to know about Mario Gomez-esque forward, Marvin Ducksch?
Club: Werder Bremen
Country: Germany (24 youth international caps/ 10 goals)
An eight-year-old Ducksch made such an impression at Borussia Dortmund during a club youth talent day that Die Schwarzgelben immediately snapped up the talented youngster in 2002. As the years passed, Ducksch made a successful climb up the club's ranks to eventually reach the Black-and-Yellow U23s. His goalscoring exploits on the way earned the forward a call-up to train with Borussia's first team ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. However, a serious foot injury kept the forward sidelined for six months.
Watch: Ducksch to the rescue as Werder held by Sandhausen
Having made a successful comeback, the Dortmund native enjoyed a goalscoring senior bow against Wilhelmshaven in the DFB Cup and was soon rewarded with a Bundesliga debut - all in August 2013. Injuries would again play a part when Ducksch spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Paderborn but he did manage to net his first Bundesliga goal for the newly promoted side in a victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Failing to find favour on his return to a Dortmund side coached by Thomas Tuchel, Ducksch played out the 2015/16 campaign with BVB's second team before switching to St. Pauli. Another transfer soon followed, as Ducksch left Pauli after netting once in ten games to join third-tier Holstein Kiel on loan. The 6'2" forward finally found conditions that suited as he helped the northern side to promotion, weighing in with five goals and four assists. The loan was extended for the 2017/18 season, a campaign in which Ducksch would star, top scoring in the second division with 18 goals as Kiel narrowly missed out on a spot in the Bundesliga after losing to Wolfsburg in the promotion/relegation play-off.
Watch: Ducksch nets twice in the Nordderby
Another run at the Bundesliga failed to meet with rewards as Ducksch struggled to settle at Fortuna Düsseldorf. Hannover came calling and the striker was up and running once more, netting 15 times in 28 second division games and registering 16 goals the following season. Although he would start a third campaign at Hannover, Ducksch made the move to Werder five games into the 2021/22 season.
After a superb start to life with the River Islanders - in which he scored three times in his first two games - Ducksch has continued to excel ever since, forming a prolific partnership with Niclas Füllkrug and helping Bremen's promotion push with 17 goals and eight assists so far. Ducksch has racked up an incredible league-leading 121 shots in his 27 appearances to date this season, while the 28-year-old has also found the woodwork four times. Meanwhile, Ducksch's eight assists have him just four behind the division leader, Fortuna's Khaled Narey.
Plays a bit like: Mario Gomez
Just like the former Bayern Munich treble winner and Bundesliga champion with Stuttgart, Ducksch bears Gomez's hallmark intelligent finishing and the right place, right time wherewithal of the ex-Germany international. Ducksch also has the ability to quickly outwit and outpace markers, displays a calmness in front of goal and can also strike a sublime set piece, just as Gomez could during a career that also saw the famous forward feature for Wolfsburg, Fiorentina and Besiktas.
Did you know?
Duckshi - as he is fondly known among his teammates - scored two goals as Germany finished third at the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He also played for his country at U15, U16 and U18 level.
What they're saying:
"I'm delighted things are going so well with Ducksch ... You can see that we get on really well; it's just so much fun to play with him." Füllkrug speaks about a forward partnership that has combined for 31 goals so far this term
"We're happy that we managed to sign Marvin. We knew about his strengths and about the quality he can bring. If you see him in connection with Niklas [Füllkrug], the movement, how he goes into the gaps, sometimes drops back - he's just a striker whose movement is difficult predict, who always has an element of surprise to his game. You really have to keep a close watch on Marvin for 90 minutes as an opponent. He's incredibly dangerous." Clemens Fritz, Werder’s head of professional football
"I think it's everyone's goal to play in the Bundesliga. That's my goal too, and I think we're on the right track. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to show my potential in the [Bundesliga in the past] - but maybe I'll have another chance. I didn't sign for three years for nothing. I have plans here and big goals for the club." Ducksch speaking about his aims with Werder Bremen
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