Munich - There have been a number of high-profile arrivals to the Bundesliga this season. While the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mario Götze have hit the headlines, however, none have arguably made as big an impact as new Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Max Kruse.
Scorer and provider
The 2013/14 campaign may only be eight matches old, but Kruse has already established himself as one of Gladbach's most consistent performers in a front quartet composed of him, , and .
Gladbach’s impressive start to the season – the Foals currently find themselves in fourth place in the league – is in no small part down to the outstanding form of Kruse, who has found the net on five occasions so far this campaign. The 25-year-old has provided just as many assists, putting him joint-top of the overall scorer chart alongside Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacker Sidney Sam. Serenity could be the key: Kruse could not be happier with his new surroundings. “I’ve been well-received and I’m enjoying myself here,” he said recently.
Like Sam, Kruse made his international debut in Germany's 4-2 victory over Ecuador in May. His first goal for the national side came just four days later in a 4-3 defeat to the USA. “He’s a talented player who makes things happen,” Löw said of the former Freiburg man. It is perhaps little surprise, then, that Löw has called upon Kruse once again for die Nationalmannschaft's upcoming against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
”Room for improvement”
Despite his splendid start to the campaign, Kruse isn't getting carried away. “I’m pleased with my return, but not all my matches have been great this season,” he said. “There is plenty of room for improvement.” His words are likely to be music to the ears of Gladbach boss Lucien Favre: If Kruse manages to build on his fine start, he will doubtless be one of the top contenders for signing of the season come May next year.