The new Bundesliga campaign is not due to start until 26 August and the withdrawal symptoms are pretty severe, but my new role as Official Fantasy Bundesliga Scout has offered me some welcome relief.
From shoe sizes to the number of goals scored in training, Official Fantasy Bundesliga Scout Florian knows everything there is to know about every single member of the Bundesliga's all-star cast. He claims to have discovered Fritz Walter and Franz Beckenbauer, and now he wants to share his talent-spotting prowess with you.
It's my job to trawl through the transfer market and handpick the lesser-known players who have all the necessary qualities a coach looks for, but who tend to get overlooked. Here's my opening gambit…
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Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, FC Augsburg (7 Million)
Although I can't give you much help on the pronunciation, I cannot speak highly enough of Jeffrey Gouweleeuw as a player. The former AZ Alkmaar captain put in some solid performances after joining FC Augsburg during the winter break, and I'm pretty sure the Dutch defender has more to give in his second season at the club. I can also see him taking on much more responsibility. And at that price, he's a real bargain.
Danny Latza, 1. FSV Mainz 05 (8 Million)
Danny Latza really made people stand up and take note last term. Initially seen as a squad player following his summer move from VfL Bochum, he went on to take no less than 27 Bundesliga appearances for new club 1. FSV Mainz 05, and has more than enough about him to thrive in the midfield general role vacated by Julian Baumgartlinger (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).
"Danny's an important part of our aggressive attacking game, our defensive work and in the engine room," said Mainz head coach Martin Schmidt, who clearly would not be without the 26-year-old on the pitch or on the Official Fantasy Bundesliga. Would you?
Mark Uth, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (9 Million)
A lot can happen overnight in football – just ask Mark Uth. The former 1. FC Köln and SC Heerenveen striker had been virtually written off at the halfway point in the 2015/16 campaign, only to silence the naysayers with seven goals in 13 Rückrunde appearances under the stewardship of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann. His resolve alone is worth its weight in gold and he has the end product to score you some big points.
You cannot really go wrong with these three, and they will all free up some cash to spend on some of the Bundesliga's big hitters.
Stay tuned for more hot tips from me, Florian. Scout's honour!