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2021/2022

Bayer Leverkusen

In


Odilon Kossounou(def) (Club Brugge); Mitchel Bakker(def) (Paris St Germain); Zidan Sertdemir(mid) (Nordsjaelland); Andrey Lunev(gk) (Zenit St Petersburg); Joel Pohjanpalo(att) (Union Berlin - End of Loan); Panagiotis Retsos(def) (AS Saint-Etienne - End of Loan);

Out


Leon Bailey(r)(mid) (Aston Villa); Tin Jedvaj(sp)(def) (Lokomotiv Moscow); Demarai Gray(sp)(mid) (Everton); Aleksandar Dragovic(sp)(def) (Released); Cem Turkmen(mid) (Released); Samed Onur(mid) (Released); Lars Bender(r)(mid) (Retired); Sven Bender(r)(def) (Retired); Yannik Schlober(mid) (Nurnberg - Loan); Santiago Arias(def) (Atletico Madrid - End of Loan)

It was another disappointing campaign for Bayer Leverkusen last season as they once again finished outside the top four in the league table, just about managing to hold on to a sixth placed finish despite a late slump in form. Bayer had changed managers for the final third of the season, bringing in Hannes Wolf on an interim basis, and have since appointed a permanent coach in Gerardo Seoane. It has been a summer of change in more ways than one for Bayer who have let go of a number of players who were a regular part of the lineup with Lars Bender and Sven Bender both having retired while Leon Bailey has been sold to Aston Villa. Aleksandar Dragovic is the other significant departee while Tin Jedvaj has also been sold, leaving Bayer a bit light in the defensive options. Bayer have looked to address the issue by spending big on Odilon Kossounou, with the defender arriving from Club Brugge, while Mitchel Bakker is another with potential, signed from Paris St Germain. Bayer struggled with injuries last season, especially in the midfield and defense and the club will be hoping for a better luck on that front this time around. Seoane will also be looking to get his side playing in a consistent manner, with inconsistency being a major issue for Bayer over the last couple of seasons. On paper Bayer do have a squad that should be challenging for a place in the top four though injuries and consistency will remain an issue heading into the new season.

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Having missed out on Champions League qualification over the last couple of seasons, a top four finish will be the minimum expected out of Seoane in his first season in charge.

Season Review
2020/2021

№6: Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen flattered to deceive once again as another second half slump meant they missed out on a Champions League spot for a second season running. Bayer started the season strongly, going unbeaten until December and for a brief period even occupied the top spot as they emerged as the closest challenger for Bayern Munchen. Key to their excellent start was the form of both Bailey and Diaby who put in some eye catching performances on the flanks while Patrick Schick and Lucas Alario chipped in with crucial goals up front. Injuries and loss of form though took their toll and they experienced a dramatic fall in form at the turn of the year, managing just three wins between January and March resulting in Peter Bosz being sacked after Bayer dropped down to sixth place. Hannes Wolf took over on an interim basis and while the results stabilized, it was too little too late with Bayer having to settle for a sixth placed finish instead. Bayer have announced Gerardo Seoane as the permanent replacement for the next season with Wolf leaving the club at the end of the season. With players retiring or leaving the club, Bayer will need to get their recruitment right if they are to put up a better challenge for a place in the top four next season.


Player of the Season: Leon Bailey

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