Whatever Manuel Pellegrini’s transfer dilemmas are heading into the winter market, Hoffenheim sensation Andrej Kramaric can be the answer.
Kramaric may be 27 and struggled in the Premier League when at Leicester City – notably shipped out on loan mid-way through their historic title-winning campaign – but in the Bundesliga is proving to be something incredibly special.
He’s featured 11 times in the league – twice as a substitute – and has found the net on six occasions and created two goals for his teammates. The 5 foot 10 forward has also taken his prolific right foot onto the continent with five goals from six Champions League games.
Against Manchester City on Wednesday night, Kramaric could easily have placed the ball beyond Ederson and into the Sky Blues’ net more than the one time he did, had the Brazilian not puled out yet another wonder-save to prevent him.
Julian Nagelsmann has found a way to get something out of the 27-year-old no other coach had been able to at a senior level, and with that comes a hefty asking price – Transfermarkt value the Croatian at £31.5million.
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The question when it comes to Kramaric is more where can he not play. He’s by definition a striker, which would be perfect for West Ham – given Marko Arnautovic’s injury concerns, Andy Carroll being Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez only just finding his poacher habit again – but the Croat can also play a deeper role, too.
Ahead of Hoffenheim’s Bundesliga showdown with Borussia Monchengladbach, Kramaric is on a hot streak containing nine goals in nine games for club and country – he also netted against England, giving his national side the chance to eliminate the Three Lions from the UEFA Nations League – and in those games has never been strictly consigned to a single position.
His versatility has come throw like no other in the current campaign, with more appearances as a central midfielder than anywhere else, along with outings on either wing. He’s scored no matter where he’s played.
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