The 2. Bundesliga has a number of high-profile clubs competing in the 2020/21 edition of the tournament, with the likes of Hamburg, Hannover and Nuremberg all likely to compete for the title and to earn promotion to the Bundesliga – or at least, they should be by the time the campaign comes to an end.
Indeed, some of the aforementioned clubs of the 2. Bundesliga have been able to keep or add to their squads with some talented players, therefore it is no surprise there are a few names that should be kept a close eye on. Here are BundesligaSport’s top five:
2. Bundesliga Talent Simon Terodde
Hamburg arguably lost their best player in the summer in the form of Joel Pohjanpalo. Although he was never theirs technically to begin with – having arrived on loan from Bayer 04 Leverkusen – the Finnish striker was the main reason the 2.Bundesliga club managed to put up a fight for promotion throughout the campaign.
However, HSV have managed to find a player who could potentially be a worthy replacement in Simon Terodde. The veteran forward has arrived from 1. FC Koln and has plenty of experience of finding the back of the net in the 2. Bundesliga.
Simon Terodde’s previous two seasons in the second division of german football have not been fruitful, however, his goal tallies of 16, 25, 25 and 29 in 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2018-19 in previous campaigns in 2. Bundesliga should stand them in a good position. Things have already started well for the forward as well, as the 32-year-old already has four in his first two matches.
2. Bundesliga Talent Genki Haraguchi
Hannover are a side that have a plethora of football talent available to them and Genki Haraguchi is just another 2. Bundesliga player to have starred for the side ever since swapping Hertha BSC for them in the summer of 2018.
The Japan international is Hannover’s playmaker and has proven to be effective in the 2. Bundesliga in recent editions. Last season’s campaign saw the attacking midfielder produce five assists, as well as score six goals in his 32 matches in the football competition and he has already started off in similar fashion, with one assist from his two first matches.
2. Bundesliga Talent Marvin Ducksch
In addition to Haraguchi, Hannover have a top finisher in the form of Marvin Ducksch as the forward has proven to be rather lethal in front of goal in the 2. Bundesliga.
The 26-year-old football player managed to find the back of the net in 15 of his 28 appearances last season as he bagged eight goals in his last six appearances, with at least one goal being scored in each of those matches. Ducksch does not appear to have lost that goal scoring touch, either, as he has managed to hit one in his first two games in the 20/21 season of the 2. Bundesliga, whilst also providing an assist for a team-mate.
2. Bundesliga Talent Sarpreet Singh
One of the latest football wonderkids to have come through the Bayern Munich production line, Sarpreet Singh has joined Nuremberg on loan for the 20/21 2. Bundesliga season as he looks to continue his development. Although the 21-year-old New Zealand international is yet to record figures in the columns that matter, he has played key roles for the german football second division club already.
If he can replicate the performances he produced for the Developmental side last season – seven goals and seven assists in 22 appearances – Nuremberg could have a football player on their hands that can make a real difference to the side for the 2020/21 campaign.
2. Bundesliga Talent Manuel Schäffler
Nuremberg have also managed to add another talented forward to their front-line in the form of Manuel Schäffler. The striker was the second-leading goalscorer in the 2. Bundesliga last season as he bagged 19 league goals for Wiesbaden.
Unfortunately, those goals were not enough to keep his former employers in the league, however with his arrival at Nuremberg, the football club will feel confident they have enough firepower to cope as their defensive frailties were a huge problem last year.