Every sport loves to hype up who’ve they’ve signed as everything is built up on promises and a gut feeling. This season of the Bundesliga was no different as we take a look at 10 of the worst signings in Germany.
After a nightmare two years at Manchester United, Kagawa returned to the club where he made a name for himself.
Still just 26-years-old and bought for £6.3 million, while he has chipped in with some crucial goals, Kagawa couldn’t return to his old form and help Dortmund avoid a horrendous season.
However, because Dortmund actually made a profit of £11 million selling and buying Kagawa back, he isn’t that much of a flop, given his relatively small price tag and he could always push on in his second season.
With Hertha’s Adrian Ramos departing to Borussia Dortmund, Dortmund’s Schieber was brought in to replace the Colombian.
However, he hasn’t emulated the same form of Ramos which was understandable given that he’s been warming the bench for Dortmund for two seasons previously for a reason. He’s been injured since February but his respectable goal return of eight in 17 games doesn’t keep him off this list.
One of Germany’s biggest prospects and included in the World Cup squad, defender Ginter was signed by Dortmund for a fee of €10 million.
However, the 21-year-old has struggled to consolidate his place in the team and has had some shaky performances. Fortunately, he’s still young so there’s time for him to improve.
Bought in an area which Wolfsburg didn’t need strengthening especially with the likes of Ivan Perisic and Kevin de Bruyne, Hunt hasn’t exactly been an inspired signing for Die Wölfe.
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has only featured 19 times this season, mostly as a sub with four goals to his name.
Dortmund’s new 29-year-old summer signing might find it harsh to be on this list despite it being his first season with Die Borussen and mostly reserved to substitute appearances but the Colombian has failed to make an impression with whatever minutes he’s gotten.
Six goals in 28 games is a decent return as a substitute but he must perform better if he wants a starting spot.
Bought in the January window from Red Bull Salzburg, while Dortmund’s upturn in form has coincided with the Slovenian’s arrival, he really has done nothing to contribute to it.
With just two assists in 13 games in all competitions, many expected better from a player who was extremely hyped up.
Signed from Schalke for a fee of €6 million, Hoffenheim fans expected more from the Hungarian striker who made a name for himself by scoring goals for Mainz.
However, his return is just a measly 5 goals in 25 games in all competitions and just like that, one of the bright sparks of the Bundesliga is quickly drowning into obscurity.
While Wolfsburg set out what they aimed to do before the season which was finishing in a Champions League spot, it’s not because of their forward signing in Nicklas Bendtner.
Wolfsburg were linked with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata before settling for the unsettled Arsenal striker.
While he’s never been a starter and has chipped in with a few goals, although he was a free signing, his wages are a different story and Dortmund certainly could have done better with just 5 goals in 28 games for the Danish international.
Holtby was one of Germany’s biggest prospects until a move to Tottenham saw his career go downhill, culminating in a loan move to Fulham who he couldn’t prevent from getting relegated.
Joining Hamburg on loan, Holtby hasn’t revived his career whatsoever with just the one assist in 19 league games as his team just about may survive the possibility of relegation this season.
When you’re brought in to replace Robert Lewandowski – one of the best strikers in world football – you expect to perform somewhat to his level. But Immobile has failed to do that.
With 22 goals in 33 league games for Torino in the 2013/2014 season, interest in the 25-year-old was huge and Dortmund looked like they got a real bargain for the Italian with a reported fee of £15.5m.
However, Immobile has scored just nine goals in 28 games for Die Borussen and even if it’s his debut season, many expected him to do better especially for his price tag.