A couple of years ago almost every Bundesliga player would have loved to play in the Premier League but now things have changed.
At the moment the attraction of clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United comes more from their big names and the great past than from their current performances. Nobody would deny that right now on current form both teams have work to do to show they belong to the elite football clubs in Europe, especially United.
Let’s be honest, why should Toni Kroos possibly want to go to Manchester United at the moment when they might not even qualify for the Champions League next season?
It might take years to make Manchester United one of the best clubs in Europe again, and Kroos could spend his best years with an uncertain project instead of staying at the currently best team in European football?
Julian Draxler’s case is very similar. He is 20-years-old and is one of the most promising German talents of a very long list. Why should he now leave to Arsenal, which in the last 10 years has constantly failed to close the gap to the very best teams in Europe?
Arsenal play the same role in England as Schalke in Germany. They always qualify for the Champions League but never win any national or international titles. What kind of improvement would it be for him to move to the English version of his current team?
Both Wenger and Moyes don’t provide the image of a clear vision how to conquer European football and therefore are not the best options for young German football talents who already play for a big club in Germany.
Right now Chelsea and Liverpool are the most attractive clubs for these kind of players. Chelsea because of their coach, who is doubtless one of the best of his kind, and Liverpool because they are now the most exciting project in the Premier League with their highly attractive attacking football and their future prospects.
Arsenal and Manchester United shouldn’t focus only on the top four teams in the Bundesliga when they are looking for new targets because their international standing right now is just not high enough to have realistic chances of signing a top player from these clubs.
There are a lot of upcoming young players whose performances might even be more impressing as they are playing for weaker teams in the Bundesliga.
Consequently they should look more at players like the 21-year-old striker Kevin Volland from Hoffenheim, who has already scored 9 goals and gave 8 assists in this season or at the shooting star Andre Hahn who has so far contributed 10 goals and 6 assists to Augsburg’s outstanding season.
Or even at Stuttgart’s Romanian player Alexandru Maxim, the player with the most assists of all Bundesliga teams. Apart from his 11 assists he has also scored 6 goals.
These are the young and hungry players for whom it would really be a huge step forward to play for Manchester United or Arsenal. They still have a lot to prove and would probably be honoured to do that in the Premier League.
So Wenger and Moyes should stop wasting their time with trying to purchase players like Kroos or Draxler who more likely are waiting for offers from teams like Barcelona, Real or Chelsea, and push for more realistic targets instead.