Cologne - With the 2015/16 Bundesliga season on the doorstep, we figured it prime time to take a closer look at some of the German top flight's most talked about summer signings.
Zero to hero
This time our attention turns to FC Augsburg’s Philipp Max, who has joined the Bavarians as they go into the new campaign competing on three fronts...
When it comes to signing talented young left-backs from a second division club, Augsburg have previous. This time last year they recruited Abdul Rahman Baba from Greuther Fürth, and with more fixtures on the calendar this season due to securing qualification for the UEFA Europa League, FCA quickly identified their ideal candidate to provide competition and cover on the left side of defence.
Max arrives on a two-year deal from Karlsruher SC. A relatively unknown player outside Bundesliga 2 circles at the start of 2014/15, the 21-year-old developed so well over the course of the season he did not miss a match – and barely a minute – from Matchday 15 onwards. “We’re delighted to have brought in a young, talented German player,” said Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter. “Last season at Karlsruhe he progressed extremely well and we’re convinced he can continue on that path with us and take the next step forward.”