Sunday, 7 June 2015

Season in Review: Anthony Ujah a Shining Star in the Bundesliga

The Bundesliga has proven a rather closed market to Nigerian players in recent years, but the 2014/2015 season saw a genuine star come to the fore in Germany.

Anthony Ujah is no newcomer in the top division: it was only three years ago that he arrived with a big reputation from Norway to join Mainz.

This has however been his breakout season, and his decision to take a step-down for playing time has paid off handsomely. Mainz were riding the wave of overachievement when he arrived; but FC Koln, powered by Ujah’s goals, equalled their points haul in this their first season back in the top-flight. This feels like two clubs going in different directions and meeting each other half-way.

The Nigeria international finished the season with ten goals in the Bundesliga, while also chipping in with three assists. The Billy Goats only managed 34 goals all season, a tally which got them 40 points – making out to 1.17 points per goal, the second most efficient score in the Division behind Hamburg with 1.4. Take away Ujah’s contribution to 13 goals and, extrapolated over the season, Koln would have finished with 24 points, plummeting right back to relegation.

As it was, Koln avoided this fate, which is more than can be said for fellow promoted club Paderborn, who finished dead-last. The affirmation of Ujah’s role in the Billy Goats’ establishment in the Bundesliga came when, with weeks to the end of the season, Werder Bremen triggered the striker’s release clause. It is with Die Werderaner that Ujah will write the next page in his story, as Viktor Skrypnyk’s side trade the youth of highly-rated David Selke in for an established goalscorer.

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