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Kevin De Bruyne isn't lightning quick and doesn't possess the trickery to consistently get past full-backs.
Last season, he struggled in the UEFA Champions League to get in behind Gonzalo Castro, José Bosingwa and Miguel—all three are medicore at best.
De Bruyne doesn't want to play on the left, and he has enormous upside as a No. 10. In a five-game stretch as an attacking midfielder, he scored once and provided six assists.
Where's Philipp Bargfrede? Unfortunately he injured the medial ligament in his left knee, which is terrible news because he is Werder Bremen's answer to Owen Hargreaves.
So don't be surprised if Bargfrede picked up more injuries because he was rushed back to soon.
Eljero Elia's career has been in limbo but he does have pedigree.
Theodor Gebre Selassie should provide a spark down the right as he did for the Czech Republic during Euro 2012.
Marko Arnautović is a poor man's Mario Balotelli and the Austrian may never fulfill his potential.
Nils Petersen, a forward on loan from Bayern Munich, is an interesting prospect. As long as he doesn't take 8.2 shots per goal like Markus Rosenberg, Petersen should be fine.
Klaus Allofs has recruited quite well, but it's up to Thomas Schaaf to change his 4-3-1-2 formation to a 4-2-3-1.