The Bundesliga January transfer window came to a close yesterday with multiple deals going through at the last minute. It was a hectic end to the month, but it was one that could have an huge impact on the second half of the season.
Joshua Zirkzee - loan to Parma
Youngster Joshua Zirkzee had something of a breakout campaign last year, scoring four goals in games where Robert Lewandowski was unavailable. Things have been different this term, though, as game time has been much harder to come by after the arrival of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting meant he became the third choice striker. A move to Parma, who are in the midst of a relegation scrap in Serie A, could benefit both parties especially if he scores the goals to keep the Gialloblu up.
Chris Richards - loan to Hoffenheim
Another promising youngster leaving Bayern for the time being is American centre back Chris Richards. Appearing three times this season, the 20 year old has been in and around the first team picture but a loan to Hoffenheim seems like a sensible move. A club known for developing players also have a number of defensive injuries such as Ermin Bicackic and Benjamin Hubner, so Richard should be given chances to play.
Dennis Borkowski - loan to Nurnberg
The 19 year old has made two substitute appearances for Julian Nagelsmann's team this season and now has completed a loan switch to the 2. Bundesliga. Nurnberg are having a disappointing season once again, and they currently find themselves too close to the relegation zone. With the signing of Borkowski, they will be hoping that a touch of youth can help fire them away from trouble.
Laszlo Benes - loan to Augsburg
Highly regarded within the Die Fohlen fanbase, Slovakian midfielder Benes has gone to Augsburg in a 6 month loan deal. Last season he played 22 times, but he has only been able to muster seven appearances this term. From an Augsburg point of view, it seems to be an exciting signing. This season, they have often lacked a creative attacking midfielder with their wingers being their main source of chance creation. For Heiko Herrlich and his men, they will hope that the 23 year old is the answer to their creative issues.
Jeremie Frimpong - €11m from Celtic
Dutch right back Frimpong looks like he could be the answer to Bayer Leverkusens problem position. The likes of Aleksandar Dragovic, Lars Bender, and the injury prone Mitchell Weiser have all given the role their best shot this season, but none of them have been able to nail it down. New singing Timothy Fosu-Mensah started there in the recent defeat to RB Leipzig, but going forward, expect Frimpong to become first choice.
Demarai Gray - €2m from Leicester
A well-known name to English football fans, the talented winger is yet to realise his potential. He has struggled to force his way into Brendan Rodgers' team this season, but a move to Germany may be the best thing for him. A relatively cheap transfer due to his contract being up in July, Leverkusen were smart to make this signing since it's very low risk. He is likely to be a back up to Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby at first, but Gray could still thrive at a club that has such effective wingers.
Chris Richards - loan from Bayern
Georginio Rutter - €500k from Rennes
One for the future at Hoffenheim, young French striker Georginio Rutter has moved from his homeland to Germany to develop his career. Appearing four times for Rennes this season, he will be hoping to play even more in Sinsheim.
Yunus Malli - free transfer to Trabzonspor
It has to be said that Yunus Malli's transfer to Wolfsburg from Mainz in 2017 never really worked out as he would have hoped. Before joining Wolfsburg, he was in scintillating form for Mainz, but he has never been able to produce that sort of magic on a consistent level at the Volkswagen Arena. Under Oliver Glasner he has been deemed surplus to requirements with only one appearance across two seasons which included a short loan spell to Union Berlin. Now heading to Turkey, Malli will hope to help Trabzonspor in their fight to qualify for European football.
Amir Abrashi - loan to Basel
An integral part of Christian Streich's team over a number of years, the central midfielders game time has declined season upon season. This is down to the initial rise of Robin Koch before his departure to Leeds United and the subsequent arrival of Baptiste Santamaria. With Streich opting for a midfield pairing of the Frenchman and Nicolas Hofler, Abrashi has struggled to play much at all other than when Santamaria was injured. Now back in Switzerland, the Albanian will be hoping to get some regular game time there.
Sami Khedira - free transfer from Juventus
Arguably the biggest name to join the Bundesliga in January, World Cup winner Sami Khedira has joined the supposed revolution going on at Hertha. The big money signings in the summer have only taken them backwards with some like Lucas Tousart failing to live up to their hefty price tags. Hertha will be hoping it is not more of the same with the substantial wages being paid to Khedira. No longer at the height of his powers, he will still be hoping to add some class and quality to a Berlin midfield that is struggling at the minute.
Nemanja Radonjic - loan from Marseille
Nemanja Radonjic is leaving one turbulent club to join another. With that being said, Hertha seems like a safe haven compared to the chaos going on in Marseille. The Serbian winger is an interesting signing for the capital club. At Marseille he showed a bit of everything, from flashes of brilliance to games in which he did next to nothing, and sometimes a mix of the lot. The success of this move all depends on which Radonjic joins Berlin.
Petar Musa - loan from Slavia Prague
Union have opted to add a bit more firepower to their front line with Czech striker Petar Musa. Since joining Slavia Prague, who currently are far and away the strongest outfit in the Czech Republic, he has scored 11 goals in 28 games. Only 22 years old, Musa seems to be a really exciting signing for Union and he can be an alternative to the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi and Cedric Teuchert up top.
Shkodran Mustafi - free transfer from Arsenal
Where do you start with Shkodran Mustafi? To say his last few seasons with Arsenal have been eventful is an understatement. On his day, Mustafi can look like a very comfortable and confident defender, which Arsenal fans saw at both the start of his career at the Emirates Stadium and Mikel Arteta's. However, this has been scarred by numerous mistakes and completely calamitous performances ever since. His game time in North London has significantly dropped this term with Rob Holding and Gabriel seeming to be the go to partnership at the club. At the very least, Mustafi and Schalke should be a very interesting relationship.
It is no secret that Ozan Kabak is an extremely talented defender, but he has struggled this campaign in a disorderly Schalke outfit. At the start of last season under David Wagner, the Turk was on top form, and he was in the conversation as one of the best Bundesliga centre backs. With all the troubles Schalke are currently going through, moving to one of the best teams in England is a sensible decision. Liverpool certainly need him at the moment, as they are now likely to miss their three most senior centre backs for the remainder of the season. This should allow Kabak to become a regular in the backline, which could prompt the club to sign him permanently in the summer.
Robert Glatzel - loan from Cardiff City
After the departure of Jean-Phillipe Mateta, Mainz needed to find a replacement for the Frenchman, and they have done so in ex-Heidenheim forward Robert Glatzel. His time in Wales had been slightly underwhelming, with Kieffer Moore very much the preferred option up front now. The German striker is likely to be a backup at Mainz as Jonathan Burkardt seems to be the first choice striker at the moment, but he should still get a few chances in the team as the campaign goes on.
Ji-Dong Won - loan to Eintracht Braunschweig
The Korean striker has floated around a number clubs in the Bundesliga, with spells at Darmstadt, FC Augsburg, and Mainz. Getting very little game time this season, though, has resulted in him joining second division side Eintracht Braunschweig. They currently find themselves in a relegation battle, so they will be hoping Ji's top flight experience can lift them out of trouble.
The once dubbed 'German Messi' has not quite lived up to that tag, especially while at Crystal Palace. Under Roy Hodgson, Max Meyer barely played, and even if he did, he was used out of position. He will be hoping that he's utilised in his preferred role as an attacking midfielder at Koln, but that might not be the case as that's where Ondrej Duda has been operating this season.
Anthony Modeste - loan to Saint-Etienne
Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he has never been able to match the incredible 2016/17 season he had in which he scored 25 goals. Injuries this campaign have meant he has struggled to find his feet, and a loan back to his homeland could be beneficial for Anthony Modeste as Saint-Etienne themselves have struggled for goals.
Laszlo Benes - loan from Borussia Monchengladbach
It is fair to say that the Dutchman never really set the world on fire while at Werder Bremen. Tahith Chong showed some flashes of quality, but it is unlikely the club will miss his presence too much since he barely featured. Chong has now moved on loan to Belgian side Club Brugge.
The Japanese winger has really struggled for minutes this term after an impressive season in the Austrian Bundesliga last year, scoring nine goals in 23 matches. At Bielefeld, though, he will look to form a devastating partnership with countryman Ritsu Doan, who at the halfway stage of the season has arguably been Bielefeld's most important player.
Michel Vlap - loan from Anderlecht
It's a similar situation for Michel Vlap, who like Okugawa, had an impressive campaign last year, scoring 10 goals in 23 matches, but he has struggled this term with only one goal in 11 games. Primarily used an attacking midfielder, Bielefeld may have to change formation if Vlap is to play in his preferred position since Uwe Neuhaus has usually opted for a 4-4-2 throughout the season.