Cologne - With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season just around the corner, we figured it prime time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked about summer signings.
First up is Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo, who recently joined FC Schalke 04 from Bundesliga rivals SV Werder Bremen with a reputation for goals...
What Schalke still need to work on
After a disappointing season by their standards, Schalke have some making up to do. Andre Breitenreiter will oversee the Royal Blues' regeneration project, ably assited by a handful of astute signings. If Schalke want to return UEFA Champions League football to the Veltins -Arena, however, it's going to take more than just a few new faces. Above all, die Knappen need to work hard on improving their performances on the road after ten of their 17 away games ended in defeat last season. In addition to that, they really need an injection of goals, which is exactly where Di Santo comes in.
Di Santo is arguably the biggest name to join Schalke this summer. He is a centre forward who knows where the goal is. Despite missing eight games due to injury last season, Di Santo finished the campagn as Bremen's leading marksman with 13 goals in 26 appearances, earning him sixth spot on the league's top scorers' list for 2014/15.
Last season, he stuck away 62 percent of his clear-cut chances, needing an average of just four shots per goal (54 shots, 13 goals) - two remarkable statistics. "He's just the kind of player we were looking for for our attack," said Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt, and with good reason.
Di Santo's speciality: unpredictable and cunning on the counter
As well as being a major threat in the penalty box, Di Santo has shown himself to be incredibly effective on the break, notching three of Bremen's seven goals on the counter-attack last season. That's great news for the Royal Blues, who only scored three times from counter-attacks last term - a Bundesliga low. Schalke fans will also be delighted to learn that the 26-year-old has a rich repertoire, having netted nine times with his right foot, two with his left and as many with his head last term.
Tobias Anding and Patrick Eckholt