Two pairs of big shoes to fill: Leverkusen finally make a signing

Two pairs of big shoes to fill: Leverkusen finally make a signing

Talk about having to step up - Patrick Schick arrives at Bayer Leverkusen after the club sold two of its key players, Kai Havertz and Kevin Holland. The powerful striker arrives as the first major signing of this transfer window despite the club earning more than €100,000,000! Regardless of who do you believe when it comes to Kai’s transfer, the German or the English media.

Schick arrives from Roma for €26,500,000 and 10% of his next sale but he comes with Bundesliga experience. He spent the last season on loan at RB Leipzig and played in 22 Bundesliga games, scoring a solid 10 goals in that time. A goal every 130 minutes for the auxiliary striker who was third in the pecking order behind Timo Werner and Yousuff Poulsen.

With Werner’s departure, it was believed that a permanent move back to RB was possible but Bayer probably offered him a more important role. Leverkusen’s director Rudi Voller explained the qualities of the 187cms tall player.

"In Patrik Schick, we have brought in an internationally known central striker who has very impressively and consistently demonstrated his qualities as a striker both in Serie A and in the Bundesliga. Patrik's penetration and strength in finishing will be good for our attacking game," said Voller before adding that Schick's new teammates compliment his style of play.

Talking about style, Schick means "chic" in German and the social media team didn't allow themselves to miss that chance making for a unique announcement video.

Schick made his name in Italy after he secured a massive transfer to Roma following his 35 games and 13 goals for Sampdoria. Giallorossi brought him on loan with obligation to buy for€42,000,000! Yet in 58 games for the club, he only got eight goals!

The 24-year-old believes the aggressive and attacking style of Bayer suits him perfectly so perhaps the Czech Republic's striker has found a league and team made for him.

Sporting director Simon Rolfes sees Schick as a proper number nine.

"A classic central striker – technically adept, strong in the air and with the ability to hold onto and win the ball. Patrik can also read the game and as a special sense for the right position in the box. With him in the team, we will be difficult to work out and to defend against," said Rolfes.

So far, Leverkusen have only brought in a young goalkeeper Lennart Grill from the third league for €2,000,000. Further investment is needed at Bay Arena if the club is going to earn a place back in the Champions League.


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