BUNDESLIGA 2020-21 SEASON PREVIEW: How will Bayer Leverkusen cope with the loss of big names?

With the loss of two of their most prized assets in Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland, Bayer Leverkusen look set for a difficult season ahead. Let’s take a look at their chances in the 20/21 season and whether or not they will be able to secure Champions League football without some of the most prolific players in recent memory.

Key players 

  1. Moussa Diaby
  2. Sven Bender
  3. Lars Bender
  4. Leon Bailey
  5. Jonathan Tah

Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey can provide Bayer Leverkusen with great chances. Their blistering pace can leave opposition defenders behind, without a doubt. 

On the more defensive side of things, The Bender brothers as well as highly rated centre back Jonathan Tah can provide stability and cut back on goals conceded. 

Winning Points

Bayer Leverkusen are a fast-playing team. With their impressive wingers and the addition of Patrik Schick to their ranks, Peter Bosz can hope for a European finish at the very least. 

They have good names at the back with the likes of Jonathan Tah, The Benders, Edmond Tapsoba and Wendell. All that remains to be seen is how the players perform in the big matches. 

They have shown that they can progress deep into tournaments like the DFB Pokal and the Europa League, all they need is to be clinical in the dying stages. 

Challenges 

From a broader perspective, the biggest challenge for Bosz this season will be replacing Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland. 

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 26: Kai Havertz of Leverkusen celebrates his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Fortuna Duesseldorf at BayArena on January 26, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Leverkusen have lost two of their best players and have to turn to the youngsters and the rest of the squad to fill the void. 

Progression into the DFB Pokal and Europa League will also help the team gain some well-needed experience. 

Transfer Activity 

Players out include the likes of Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland. 

Patrik Schick has been recruited by the club from Roma, although he spent the 19/20 season with RB Leipzig. 

Tin Jedvaj has completed his loan spell at Augsburg and has returned to the club.

Leverkusen have also been linked with a move for Arsenal’s Saed Kolasinac. 

Predicted finish: 5th

Although Leverkusen have a decent range of talent among their ranks, it is hard to see them challenge for the title this season. Especially when they’re making up for the departures of two of their best-attacking players. 

However, Peter Bosz might just end up surprising us and could land a Champions League berth this season. 

Despite the result, one thing is for sure, we are in for a very entertaining Bundesliga season.

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