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2019/2020

Bayer Leverkusen

In


Kerem Demirbay(mid) (Hoffenheim); Moussa Diaby(mid) (Paris St Germain); Daley Sinkgraven(def) (Ajax); Nadiem Amiri(mid) (Hoffenheim)

Out


Julian Brandt(r)(mid) (Borussia Dortmund); Dominik Kohr(sp)(mid) (Eintracht Frankfurt); Thorsten Kirschbaum(gk) (Released); Sam Schreck(mid) (Released); Isaac Thelin(sp)(att) (Anderlecht - End of Loan); Jan Boller(def) (LASK); Tomasz Kucz(gk) (Released)

Bayer Leverkusen needed a change at the helm midway through the campaign but an excellent half of the season ensured they just about finished inside the top four and returned to the Champions League after a gap of two years. Bayer have had a fairly busy summer with the club once again looking at young players to improve their squad. Kerem Demirbay represents their oldest arrival at 25 years of age and will boost Peter Bosz's options in the center of the midfield. Moussa Diaby and Nadiem Amiri will also improve the creativity in the attack while Daley Sinkgraven will provide competition to Wendell at leftback, something which they lacked last season. There have been departures though with Julian Brandt the biggest name, having been sold to Borussia Dortmund. Isaac Thelin chipped with a few appearances last season but his loan deal was not renewed while Thorsten Kirschbaum and Tomasz Kucz have also left the club though Bayer are well stocked in the goalkeeping department. Bosz has brought together an attack comprising of exciting young players and Bayer are expected to score goals this season especially with Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey showing signs of being effective players under the Dutch coach. Bayer's weakest link though remains at the back where they have failed to make improvements so far. Both Lars and Sven Bender are natural midfielders converted into playing at right and center back respectively while Tin Jedvaj and Aleksandar Dragovic are yet to convince they can be effective backups for the first choice defenders. With Wendell also not exactly renowned for his defensive capabilities, the back four will need extensive support from the midfield if Bayer are to keep teams out this season.

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Champions League qualification will once again be the minimum expectation for Bayer who will also be looking for a good run in the cup competitions.

Season Review
2018/2019

№4: Bayer Leverkusen

A season of two halves for Bayer Leverkusen who spent majority of the first half of the campaign in the bottom half of the table but a change at the helm turned their fortunes around, with the club finally achieving their minimum aim of Champions League football by securing the fourth spot on the final day of the season. Bayer got their campaign off to a poor start under Heiko Herrlich, showing glimpses of quality but were inconsistent throughout the first half of the season and headed into the winter break sitting ninth in the table. The club decided to part ways with Herrlich and appointed Peter Bosz as his replacements and the form immediately picked up and Bayer dropped just two points from their final six games to pip Gladbach to the fourth place Kevin Volland once again led the attack admirably for Bayer but it was Kai Havertz's performances that were crucial for their fortunes with the midfielder top scoring with 17 goals. While Bayer did catch the eye with their quick attacks, a porous defense almost cost them a Champions League spot with the club having the joint worst defensive record in the top half of the table. They have already lost a key player in Julian Brandt while there are question marks over Leon Bailey and Havertz's futures as well, leaving Bosz and Bayer with a critical summer ahead if they are to ensure another top four finish next season


Player of the Season: Kai Havertz

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