Taking and making chances is the name of the game for Kevin Volland - but what else is there to know about the experienced forward now on the books of Union Berlin?
Data correct as of 17 August 2023
Age: 31 (born: 30 July 1992)
Club: Union Berlin
Country: Germany (15 caps/ one goal)
Volland's record speaks for itself: 77 goals and 62 assists across 247 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen. The 5'9" forward also had a direct hand in 50 goals in 86 Ligue 1 games for Monaco between 2020 and 2023.
Volland was sixth league wide for both goals (16) and assists (seven) in his debut season of French football, having previously trumped former Leverkusen teammate Kai Havertz's total contribution in each of the pair's final two campaigns at Leverkusen, 26 to 21 and 18 to 17.
Watch: Kevin Volland shares the record for the fastest Bundesliga goal
A recall to the senior Germany national team that Volland first represented in 2014 followed in 2021. The former 1860 Munich youngster, who got his career break in Bundesliga 2 back in 2010/11, duly made his major tournament bow at the rescheduled UEFA 2020 Euros.
Plays a bit like: Max Kruse
A versatile left-footed forward happy through the middle, out wide, as a lone striker, or part of a duo or front three, there's not much Volland can't do. His all-round abilities in the final third are reminiscent of another brilliantly effective former Union player, Max Kruse. Indeed, that's exactly whose No.10 shirt he's inherited in the German capital.
Translation: Looking good, Kevin!
Did you know?
Volland's father was also a professional sportman. Andreas Volland played ice hockey in Germany, turning out for top-level clubs Munich, Mannheim and Kaufbeuren at his peak. He hung up his skates in 2004, when Kevin was playing football for local Bavarian outfit Thalhofen.
What they're saying
"Kevin is a player we appreciate a lot. He has a lot of quality." - Germany head coach, Hansi Flick
"He has proven his qualities in front of goal both nationally and internationally over the years." - Union sporting director, Oliver Ruhnert
"I'm not surprised by Kevin because I know what he can bring to the team. When he's not been there, we've missed him." - Volland's former coach at Monaco, Niko Kovac
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