Within the build-up to final month’s Bundesliga conflict between Augsburg and Union Berlin, residence coach Markus Weinzierl was beneath no illusions concerning the dimension of activity his creaking again line confronted.
“Whenever you play in Europe, that speaks for the standard (Union have of their squad),” stated the previous Schalke boss, through Soccernet.
“And with Taiwo Awoniyi and Max Kruse, you’ve gotten two superb strikers. They typically make the distinction – they must be taken out of the sport.”
However when the full-time whistle echoed across the WWK Enviornment 90-plus minutes later, Weinzierl might pat himself on the again and toast a job properly completed.
Augsburg had saved Awoniyi and Kruse off the scoresheet, securing a creditable 0-0 draw towards a facet that completed seventh within the Bundesliga final season, qualifying for Europe for the primary time of their historical past.
Sadly for Bo Svensson, his Mainz facet didn’t have fairly a lot pleasure when Awoniyi, Kruse and rocked up on the weekend.
Taiwo Awoniyi is loving life after leaving Liverpool
Showcasing the tempo, energy and deadly ending abilities which have made him one among Germany’s most feared frontmen, Awoniyi cancelled out Marcus Ingvartsen’s first-half opener in trademark type earlier than doubling his tally simply 4 minutes later.
Following on from one other well-taken end within the 3-0 thrashing of Maccabi Haifa in midweek, Awoniyi has now scored eight targets and supplied two assists in simply 12 video games since leaving Liverpool in a £6.5 million deal in July.
Union Berlin, a third-tier membership as not too long ago as 2009, invested a club-record charge in a striker who by no means made a first-team look at Anfield attributable to a combination of work-permit problems and the star high quality forward of him in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.
And if Awoniyi continues to repay that £6.5 million funding with sizeable curiosity, many Bundesliga bosses could also be tempted to bend Weinzierl’s ear in an try to cease the unstoppable.
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