Heading into the international break, Borussia Mönchengladbach sit top of the Bundesliga following a successful start to the season. Rose’s time in Germany so far has no doubt been a success, despite some poor results in Europe, and Rose and his backroom staff seem to have implemented his well-documented playing style well. This has been done by incorporating players who were already at the club, such as Denis Zakaria and centre backs Nico Elvedi and Matthias Ginter, into his system, while recognising what the Gladbach squad didn’t have and needed. Within this recruitment analysis, through some statistical and tactical analysis, we will look at the impact Gladbach’s four main signings have had on the team.

Stefan Lainer 

We will start with probably my favourite player in the Bundesliga at the moment, thanks to his playing style- Stefan Lainer. In an analysis written on Lainer in early July, I predicted he could be one of the signings of the season and he has certainly lived up to that tag so far, as I will explain.

So how has he been so successful?

Let’s start offensively. Lainer has a pivotal role within Gladbach’s tactics and their offensive system which involves getting up and down the line and delivering crosses into the box. His accuracy of cross is exceptional, be it his signature ground-driven cross or lofted cross. Lainer is second in the Bundesliga for crosses so far this season with 41 and leads the Bundesliga in cross accuracy so far this season with a brilliant 51.2% accuracy. Compare this to Trent Alexander Arnold, who currently has an accuracy of 28%, and only averages just over one more cross than Lainer per game.

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