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.
Eintracht Frankfurt made waves on the transfer market when they lured Luc Castaignos to the Hessian metropolis. So what does the forward bring to a side which already boasted the Bundesliga's most prolific player last term in Alexander Meier? bundesliga.com takes a closer look.
Reducing the reliance on Meier
Indeed, Meier has almost uninterruptedly been the Eagles' top-scorer since arriving in 2004, and the attacker beat the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Torkanone in 2014/15, carrying Frankfurt's goalscoring burden almost single-handedly. That is set to change in 2015/16 now that he has been supplied with an equally prolific partner in Luc Castaignos.
With ten goals in 29 Dutch Eredivisie appearances last season, the former FC Internazionale Milano and Feyenoord forward confirmed his keen eye for goal. Nine of those strikes came in the space of just 14 matches and a further three came during FC Twente's march to the semi-finals of the Dutch cup.
A lover of fine automobiles, Castaignos is a player used to life in the fast lane. Tipped at an early age to be the "next Thierry Henry", he explained the comparison shortly after moving to Italian Serie A club Inter. "I'm a fast striker with an eye for goal," he said. "I can't wait to show it." He did that predominantly in Holland, and now follows in the footsteps of another top Eredivisie export, Bas Dost, by joining the Bundesliga's growing band of natural born goalscorers.
With a record approaching one goal every two games, he is just what Frankfurt need, not only to complement Meier but to keep Haris Seferovic on his toes. The prospect of all three featuring together this season will certainly have the Commerzbank Arena faithful eager to see what they can do: last season the trio netted a combined total of 39 league goals. A similar return this term would see Frankfurt pushing for a return to Europe.