Anyone remember last summer how excited some got about the signing of left-footed Maximilian Thiel, even comparing the winger to Lukas Podolski?
Well, as we all know, Thiel did not become a young savior for the club, as the promotion was secured pretty much without his services.
To me, it always seemed that the Thiel acquisition from Wacker Burghausen was more aligned with the company stance that promotion last year was not really the goal, even if I never believed that to be true.
And now that the club is in the Bundesliga with the goal very much to remain, Thiel seems to fall into that weird space of being too good to keep on the bench, but not quite ready for the big show.
Union Berlin is in desperate need of someone who can score goals. Under new coach Norbert Düwel, Union has two goals in three matches, with former squad member Simon Terodde getting his fourth of the season for VfL Bochum in the Monday night match between the two. Thiel snagged ten for Burghausen in 3. Liga in 2012-13, but spent most of last season watching matches than playing in them and scoring, so it’s hard to say how he might fit in with Union and their new look. Still, he has shown enough to have logged some time with the Germany U20 squad, so he may be a good grab for the Berliners.
There was also the fairly sublime direct free kick he scored against Eintracht Trier in last year’s DFB Pokal opener. (Trust me when I tell you you will want to have the volume turned off for this video.)
Thiel’s deal with Köln runs into 2016. The Kicker piece reporting the move does not specify whether any move would be a loan or a straight purchase. Neither would be too much a surprise, though I’d think if Schmadtke can get away with loaning him in order to see what he can do to drive his value higher, he’s probably enjoy the flexibility provided. It seems unlikely that Thiel would flop.
At any rate, it’s at least a temporary Tschuß to the young Maxi Thiel. Let’s hope it brings money and success . . . to us!