Eintracht Frankfurt's early Bundesliga success is Levante-like.
There have been several players that have stood out for Frankfurt.
Alexander Meier because he's a behemoth with nimble feet. Takashi Inui's trickery and the Asian factor ensures he receives his fair share of the media spotlight.
However, Frankfurt's most influential player has been Sebastian Rode.
He can beat players off the dribble, he's an assertive presence in midfield and he's the guy that orchestrates play.
Without him, Frankfurt wouldn't be unbeaten in the Bundesliga.
There are shades of Paul Scholes as Rode effortlessly dispatches immaculate long passes. Rode completes 84.6 percent of long passes compared to Scholes' 84.5 percent.
From a defensive standpoint, Rode is rock-solid whether it's winning back possession or blocking the ball.
Bild currently rank Rode as the Bundesliga's second-best player whilst kicker have placed him at third.
Right now, Rode is playing at a world-class level, but the large majority of people outside of Germany don't even know who he is.
The fact that he isn't overhyped should enable United to dictate transfer negotiations.
The infamous transfer of Lajos Détári to Olympiacos in 1988, which at the time made him one of the most expensive players in the world, should serve as a reminder for the Red Devils to always have the upper hand over Frankfurt during transfer talks.
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