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How the Bundesliga is rehabilitating Premier League flops

You’ll often hear (English) pundits talk about the Premier League as the ‘best league in the world’.

We’re sure Spain, Germany, Italy and even France have something to say about that statement, but it’s an argument for a different day.

What we do know is that the Bundesliga is proving to be something of a football rehabilitation centre for Premier League flops.

Although there are some players not even Germany can help *cough* Franco Di Santo *cough*.

Anthony Modeste (FC Cologne)

Modeste joined a Blackburn side battling to avoid relegation in January 2012 but ended the season with more red cards than goals.

He rebuilt his career at Hoffenheim, scoring 19 league goals in two seasons, before moving to Cologne in 2015.

This season the 28-year-old is outscoring Robert Lewandowski by three goals and only trailing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the summit of the Bundesliga top scoring charts.

His form has been so impressive that he’s now on the fringes of the French national side.

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Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen)

Gnabry always threatened to break through into the Arsenal first-team but it never quite happened.

A disastrous loan spell at West Brom was the final nail in the coffin for his time in England with the midfielder heading back to Germany.

He hasn’t looked back since joining Werder Bremen, firstly winning an Olympic silver medal with Germany then scoring a hat-trick on his senior debut for the national side.

At club level Gnabry has scored five times and assisted once in 12 games, although he could do with a hand from his team-mates as Bremen are floundering in 14th place.

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Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)

While most at Leicester were celebrating lifting the Premier League last season Kramaric, who cost The Foxes a club-record £9million in January 2015, was shown the door.

Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Hoffenheim Kramaric joined the club on a permanent deal, where he’s rediscovered the form that saw him compared to Davor Suker.

He’s scored 8 goals in 28 games in all competitions as part of Julian Nagelsmann’s exciting project as well as netting twice in two starts for Croatia.

Here’s hoping Claudio Ranieri kept his number saved.

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Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke)

On paper Bentaleb appeared to be a perfect Mauricio Pochettino player- athletic and comfortable in possession.

But upon falling out of favour under Poch the Algerian midfielder was shipped off to Schalke on a season-long loan.

He’s added a scoring touch to his game in Germany and is currently Schalke’s top scorer in all competitions.

In fact his five goals to date have already topped his tally from three years in North London.

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Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)

How the current Man City side could do with the dominant presence of Boateng playing alongside John Stones.

Boateng’s single season in English football saw him shunted out to right-back where he looked thoroughly uncomfortable.

But Bayern saw the potential and under the guidance of Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola Boateng has transformed into one of Europe’s best defenders.

He’s also known to go all David Brent in his blog entries, which we’re big fans of.

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Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)

From Tranmere Rovers and League One football to the top of the Bundesliga in five years.

Gulacsi never made the grade at Liverpool but he’s found a home at RB Leipzig, the Bundesliga’s most controversial side.

With Gabor Kiraly finally setting his tracksuit bottoms to rest Gulacsi stands to be Hungary’s first-choice keeper heading during qualification for World Cup 2018.

Not bad for a lad who used to play for Hereford.

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