Cologne - With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season just around the corner, it's prime time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked about summer signings.
Reshuffle in attack
We turn our attention to Anthony Ujah, who has joined SV Werder Bremen, bringing an end to three years at 1. FC Köln.
Werder’s strike force of Franco Di Santo and Davie Selke struck fear into the hearts of many a Bundesliga backline last season, but both have since moved on to pastures new, with the former pitching up at FC Schalke 04 and the latter heading east to Bundesliga 2 outfit RB Leipzig.
In their stead, Ujah - along with USA international Aron Johansson - have arrived in Bremen, with the Nigerian the new leader of the attack courtesy of a solid top-flight season last term.
What Ujah adds
The first thing to notice about Ujah is his physicality. A neat hold-up player and an excellent sprinter, he style is ideal for Bremen’s counter-attacking approach, and his goals record in a defensive Köln team last season (ten) bodes well for the rather more adventurous side of which he is now a part.
The 24-year-old is a very industrious worker, which, combined with his physical strength, means he can play up front on his own, as well as with a partner, and he will go into the season opener at VfB Stuttgart full of confidence after a goal in Bremen’s 2-0 win over Würzburger Kickers in the DFB Cup.
Management more than convinced
Despite losing Selke and Di Santo, who scored 22 goals between them last term, the club bosses are in no doubt that Werder have found a suitable replacement in Ujah. “We’ve done everything right with this transfer,” says coach Viktor Skripnik. “Since day one he’s given us exactly what we need.”