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2019/2020

Greuther Furth

In


Paul Seguin (mid) VFL Wolfsburg; Mergim Mavraj (def) FC Ingolstadt; Hans Nunoo Sarpei (mid) VFB Stuttgart; Marco Meyerhofer (def) SV Waldhof Mannheim; Robin Kehr (mid) Borussia Dortmund U19; Alexander Lungwitz (def) FC Bayern Munich U19; Marvin Stefaniak (mid) VFL Wolfsburg - on loan;

Out


Mario Maloca (r) (def) Lechia Gdansk; Benedikt Kirsch (sp) (mid) Turkgucu Munchen; Lukas Gugganig (sp) (def) VFL Osnabruck; Richard Magyar (r) (def) Hammarby; Yosuke Ideguchi (sp) (mid) Leeds - end of loan; David Atanga (r) (mid) RB Salzburg - end of loan; Fabian Reese (r) (att) Schalke - end of loan;

A change of manager in February halted the slide towards relegation and in the end they would have been relieved with a 13th place finish, even after such a promising start. Greuther have sought to rectify their defensive frailties in the summer transfer market after conceding the second most in the league last year. Experienced centre-back Mergim Mavraj joins from Ingolstadt, with youngsters Lungwitz and Meyerhofer hoping to provide some much needed energy on the left and right side respectively. Manager Stefan Leitl has also negotiated the permanent signatures of defensive midfielders Seguin and Nunoo Sarpei both of whom featured on loan last season. Unfortunately they were unable to secure a deal for David Atanga who was the stand out performer on loan from Salzburg. They will be disappointed not to have strengthened in attack, especially with Keita-Ruel being the top scorer last season with just 10. Fabian Reece has also returned to his parent club after impressing on loan. Free transfer Robin Kehr and the loanee signing Marvin Stefaniak should provide creativity on the flanks. Leitl will be hoping to continue where he left off since his arrival in the second part of last season, with a more disciplined approach which may see them harder to beat. The lack of fire power up front could again be an issue and its difficult to see where the goals will come from.

Target


A mid-table finish is probably the best they can hope for but should have enough not to be flirting with relegation.

Season Review
2018/2019

№13: Greuther Furth

After a promising start, it turned into another mid-table finish for Greuther Furth. The Bavarian outfit were second in October, but their form dramatically declined which saw them dragged into the relegation fight. Nevertheless, they survived comfortably with three games remaining. Damir Burić’s side hit the ground running with only one defeat in their opening ten games. After victory at Arminia Bielefeld they were second with them solid at the back and creative in the final third. However, the goals soon dried up and they started to leak goals. Their downfall in form accumulated in the sacking of Buric after conceding six at Paderborn. Stefan Leitl came in and did a good job to steady the ship. They regained some defensive shape with a structured 4-1-4-1 formation, however, goals continued to be issue with Daniel Keita-Ruel their leading goal scorer with only ten. Two emerging talents over the season were David Atanga and Fabian Reese, but both were on loan. It is important Furth can resign these players if they want to be successful next season. In terms of next season, Leitl needs to build on his solid end to the season. Bringing in a proven goal scorer is key to give them a chance of moving up the table. They have a number of promising young players in the squad so it’s important they can keep hold of them.


Player of the Season: David Atanga

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