Queens Park Rangers are interested in bringing former Arsenal youngster Thomas Eisfeld back to England with his contract at VFL Bochum due to expire in 2021, as reported by Fussball Transfers.
Back in 2013, when this one-time Dortmund youngster was turning heads in the Arsenal academy, Arsene Wenger was so impressed that felt compelled to draw a flattering comparison between Eisfeld and a bonafide Gunners legend – Robert Pires.
“He is a Pires type. He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well,” the legendary Frenchman told club’s official website.
“Thomas has that kind of quality that some midfielders have – not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations. When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes.
“They bite you to death because they don’t miss their first touch. He is cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well.”
A seemingly never-ending series of injuries have stopped this ‘snake’ from producing those typically venomous finishes at senior level, however. A man Wenger felt could become a prolific goalscorer from midfield has only ever managed nine goals in his career.
Furthermore, he only recently made his 100th professional appearance – a landmark that was a long time in coming for the now 27-year-old.
So QPR would certainly be taking a risk if they decide to offer the injury-hit Eisfeld a second chance in London next year.
Though with the former Germany U20 international due to become a free-agent in July, and therefore available on a cut-price deal in January, that risk will certainly be minimised by the absence of a substantial transfer fee.
The report adds that Belgian outfit Standard Liege are also interested.
Interestingly, Eisfeld spent a brief spell at QPR’s West London neighbours Fulham, making seven appearances in the 2014/15 season.