The Bundesliga starts the 2021/22 season on Friday evening. Then the focus will not only be on the newcomers to the clubs, other players will also come into focus for various reasons. An overview.
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Hertha BSC)
Position: central midfield
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16 years after his debut for Hertha, Boateng is back in Berlin and immediately the new leader of the team. In the poor cup game in Meppen (1-0), Boateng acted as clearer in front of the defense, but after 60 minutes it was over for him. But a lot would have to happen in the future for coach Pal Dardai to voluntarily refrain from Boateng for longer than these 30 minutes.
Because Boateng in Berlin, it is also about signals to the outside world. The 34-year-old should help to give Hertha a clear identity and to bind the club even more closely to the city. So he could not only turn out to be a reinforcement in terms of sport. In this regard, his qualities are known anyway: Boateng should bring personality, body language and mentality to lead the team.
Jan Thielmann (1.FC Cologne)
In 2017, Thielmann moved to Cologne’s youth team and, at the age of 19, has already played 36 Bundesliga games (two goals / four assists) under his belt. He could really take off this season.
In any case, Thielmann has very good cards to be permanently deployed under the new Cologne trainer Steffen Baumgart. Thielmann can be used variably, in addition to the central part in the storm, he can also storm on the outside or play hanging point.
The 19-year-old has an excellent basic speed and was able to collect plus points in preparation for his pressing behavior. In the 3-2 win against FC Bayern, he also scored 1: 1 and prepared the 2: 1 with a great cross.
Even with the troublesome cup success in Jena after a penalty shoot-out, Thielmann was allowed to play the entire 120 minutes and then scored from the point. “We want to play courageously, we want to be a cheeky squad and set accents. I like this style of play,” he said at the Cologne city gazette with a view to the new season.