The Bundesliga returned this weekend and with the German top flight being the first major European league to come back during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s attracting a large number of fresh viewers.
Make no mistake, football fans are missing the sport. Many who have never even watched German football will be feasting on the Bundesliga in the coming weeks, just to get that football fix.
For Tottenham fans, the break has probably been quite nice. There’s been no moaning from Jose Mourinho and no Lucas Moura running into dead-ends. They’ve obviously embarrassed themselves with some howlers during lockdown, but hey, it’s Tottenham.
So, while we wait for England’s top flight to get back underway, here are five Bundesliga players Tottenham fans should be paying close attention to.
Benjamin Stambouli – Schalke
Having spent only one season in north London, it’s fair to say Stambouli’s time at Tottenham was forgettable. The Frenchman struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and couldn’t assert himself in Spurs’ starting XI.
Stambouli, who can play in defence and midfield, left for Ligue 1 giants PSG in 2015, but it wasn’t until he moved to the Bundesliga in 2016 that he really found his form. He joined Schalke and has enjoyed several seasons as a regular fixture in the club’s first team.
He certainly looks more like the player Tottenham thought they were signing back in 2014 nowadays.
Miloš Veljković – Werder Bremen
After coming through Tottenham’s youth academy, Veljković struggled to break into the club’s first team and only made two Premier League appearances for Tottenham before departing for Werder Bremen in 2016.
He’s gone on to establish himself as a key figure in the heart of Werder Bremen’s defence and Spurs fans should check out the defender to see how he’s progressed since he last wore a Tottenham shirt.
Hell, they could even root for Veljković and his Werder teammates as they fight for Bundesliga survival throughout the remainder of the season.
Serge Gnabry – Bayern Munich
OK, just hear us out. There’s no real reason Spurs fans should pay close attention to Gnabry, other than to revel in the fact north London rivals Arsenal let someone with so much talent slip through their fingers.
Gnabry struggled to break into Arsenal’s first team and only made ten league appearances for the Gunners, so to see him become the player he has away from the Emirates must warm the hearts of Tottenham fans everywhere.
Obviously watching the German winger could bring back painful memories for Spurs fans, with flashbacks to Gnabry scoring four against them earlier this season, but at least they can take some solace in the fact it wasn’t in an Arsenal shirt. Every cloud has its silver lining after all.
Ivan Perišić – Bayern Munich
Having been linked with Tottenham for what feels like forever, now’s the chance for Spurs fans to see what all the fuss is about and why the club have been pursuing Perišić for so long. The winger is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Serie A side Inter.
With Perišić turning 31 in February, it seems unlikely the deal will get done now – although Jose Mourinho has shown a tendency to pursue older players in the past – but it could be worth watching the Bayern winger to find out why Tottenham have been interested for so long.
Alassane Plea – Borussia Monchengladbach
With Harry Kane struggling with a number of injuries in recent years, Monchengladbach’s Alassane Plea is one such striker who has been linked with Tottenham.
Plea has been in excellent form for his side this year – playing a huge role in them sitting third in the Bundesliga table – and Spurs fans should pay close attention to the striker as he helps Monchengladbach push Bayern and Dortmund at the top of the table.