Reported West Brom and Celtic target Sebastian Andersson is on his way out of Union Berlin, with teammate Robert Andrich paying tribute to a striker capable of turning very little ‘into gold’, as reported by Kicker.
The smallest club in the Bundesliga certainly owe an almighty debt of graduate to their Scandinavian set-piece master.
It was Andersson’s 12 goals that kept Union’s head above water in their first ever top-flight campaign last season.
But Hertha’s humble neighbours would have known, in their heart of hearts, that keeping hold of the 6ft 3ins targetman until the October transfer deadline was always unlikely.
Kicker reported in July that the likes of Celtic, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Bournemouth have shown an interest in Andersson, who scored more headed goals (seven) than anyone else in the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign.
Union coach Urs Fischer told BuliNews over the weekend that Andersson had handed in a transfer request and now Andrich is the latest to bid farewell.
“(He) was a very important player for us. Especially for the way we played, he often made gold out of ****,” says Andrich – we will leave you to guess the four-letter word in question.
“The balls he won, how he fought the duels up front; that was very, very, very good and very important for us. We are definitely going to be missing something (without him).
“We may have to try to change our style a bit, but it won’t change our game completely.”
Union are a team who rely so heavily on set-pieces and Andersson, with his giant frame and salmon-like leap, was at the very heart of Fischer’s old-school game-plan.
Whether they can adapt without their departing talisman remains to be seen.
Kicker, meanwhile, believes that Andersson is likely to make a move from Union to Bundesliga rivals Cologne. So Celtic, West Brom and co are in a race against time if they are serious about securing Andersson’s signature.
Celtic’s record transfer sales
£25 million (Arsenal)
£19.7 million (Lyon)
£12.5 million (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk
£11.5 million (Southampton)
£10 million (Southampton)