• Sign up free today!

    Join in on the discussion, prediction leagues and competitions today! Sign up takes no longer than 5 minutes.

Sign in to follow this  
football forum

Gikiewicz, Strobl & Caligiuri - Set to Join Augsburg On A Free

Recommended Posts

Augsburg are about to snap up 3 players on free transfers at the start of July. They have agreed deals to sign goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz from Union Berlin, defensive midfielder Tobias Strobl from Gladbach and right sided midfielder Daniel Caligiuri from Schalke all on free transfers, as their contracts come to an end at their respective former clubs. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Search Players

Contract Expires in Six Months

Approach to Sign

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Spike said:

Search Players

Contract Expires in Six Months

Approach to Sign

Sounds like what I used to do on FM! xD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, Michael said:

Sounds like what I used to do on FM! xD

Think that's what @Spike was alluding too :P

 

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thee very good free signings for Augsburg. They are all good enough to strengthen them. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Tommy said:

Thee very good free signings for Augsburg. They are all good enough to strengthen them. 

Yes, they are 3 experienced players who Augsburg can definitely benefit from. I've never been a huge fan of Caligiuri to be honest, although I do think that a club like Augsburg is probably his level, and that he can do a decent job with them. Strobl is a good ball winner and he can be useful for them in midfield. As for Gikiewicz, I have been very impressed with him this season and he's probably my favourite signing out of the 3 players. However, it will be interesting to see what last summers big transfer arrival Tomas Koubek and Luthe, think about the arrival of the Pole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Michael said:

Yes, they are 3 experienced players who Augsburg can definitely benefit from. I've never been a huge fan of Caligiuri to be honest, although I do think that a club like Augsburg is probably his level, and that he can do a decent job with them. Strobl is a good ball winner and he can be useful for them in midfield. As for Gikiewicz, I have been very impressed with him this season and he's probably my favourite signing out of the 3 players. However, it will be interesting to see what last summers big transfer arrival Tomas Koubek and Luthe, think about the arrival of the Pole.

Gikiweicz is a great keeper and seems like a nice guy. When we lost against them and got relegated, he sat next to and consoled Florian Kastenmeier for almost 10 minutes. I'll never forget that. :P

Also I'm a bit sursprised that Tomas Koubek didn't work out. Didn't they pay a record fee for him? Like 7-8 Mio. if memory serves me right. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Caligiuri is a decent acquisition. He's stood out in a poor Schalke team.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, Tommy said:

Gikiweicz is a great keeper and seems like a nice guy. When we lost against them and got relegated, he sat next to and consoled Florian Kastenmeier for almost 10 minutes. I'll never forget that. :P

Also I'm a bit sursprised that Tomas Koubek didn't work out. Didn't they pay a record fee for him? Like 7-8 Mio. if memory serves me right. 

I didn't realise that he consoled Kastenmeier for that long, that's a nice touch from him. He's had an excellent season at Union and I won't be surprised if he's soon called up to the Polish national team, if he keeps up such performances.

I am also surprised about Koubek because he's a regular keeper in the Czech national team, where he battles it out for a first team spot with Vaclik and Pavlenka. He's still only 27, yet he already has 9 international caps, despite having to compete with those two other excellent goalkeepers. He did very well when he played for Rennes in France and he was a key player when Rennes won the 2018/19 French Cup(Coupe de France), as they beat PSG in the final on penalties. The thing with Koubek, is that he loves to get into the thick of the action, he comes off his goal line at almost every chance he gets. He's also one of these keepers who seems to fist the ball away rather than catch it, which at times can result in chaos for his defence. But he's a very good shot stopper and he was one of the best keepers in France before he joined Augsburg for 7.5 million euros last summer. So yeah, it's quite surprising that it hasn't really worked out for him at Augsburg. 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Stan said:

Caligiuri is a decent acquisition. He's stood out in a poor Schalke team.

I am not so sure that he stood out for Schalke, but he is a hard worker, I'll give him that. He is an experienced player, with a strong work ethic and I can see him being an asset to a club like Augsburg, despite me not being his biggest fan.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Will be interesting to see who will replace Gikiewicz at Union. It's a pity they couldn't find an agreement.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, nudge said:

Will be interesting to see who will replace Gikiewicz at Union. It's a pity they couldn't find an agreement.

Yeah, Union will probably need to bring in a replacement keeper this summer. Jakob Busk is decent, but I am not sure how he would fare at Bundesliga level for Union. As for Gikiewicz, with all due respect to Augsburg, they are not necessarily a step up from Union. But they were obviously willing to pay Gikiewicz what he wanted and meet his contract demands.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Michael said:

Yeah, Union will probably need to bring in a replacement keeper this summer. Jakob Busk is decent, but I am not sure how he would fare at Bundesliga level for Union. As for Gikiewicz, with all due respect to Augsburg, they are not necessarily a step up from Union. But they were obviously willing to pay Gikiewicz what he wanted and meet his contract demands.

It's sad that in the end, he would have prefered to stay and Union prefered to keep him too, but they were unable to reach an agreement. As you said, Augsburg is not much of a step up (if any at all), and with Luthe and Koubek there are already two other strong keepers in the club (+ Giefer & Leineis as backup), so if things don't go well, he might even find himself struggling for playing time. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, nudge said:

It's sad that in the end, he would have prefered to stay and Union prefered to keep him too, but they were unable to reach an agreement. As you said, Augsburg is not much of a step up (if any at all), and with Luthe and Koubek there are already two other strong keepers in the club (+ Giefer & Leineis as backup), so if things don't go well, he might even find himself struggling for playing time. 

The decision to make this move by Gikiewicz was clearly a financial one and not so much a sporting one. I thought the same about the competition he will face at Augsburg. Luthe is an experienced goalkeeper, who has played quite well this season, while Koubek is a young keeper, who has just been off form this term. If Koubek regains his form, Gikiewicz could have a real battle on his hands trying to secure a place in the starting 11 next season.  There is also Giefer as well who you have mentioned. The ex Dusseldorf, Schalke and Bristol City keeper is no slouch either when it comes to decent goalkeeping. So the competition in the goalkeeping department, will indeed be intense next season at Augsburg.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Advertisement