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Thanks to their academy and good scouting, Werder Bremen have had an abundance of young strikers in their ranks in recent years. And yet the northern German side are rather thin in the forward position right now.
Lennart Thy recently left Werder on a free transfer and Niclas Fuellkrug was loaned to Greuther Fuerth. Bremen also have Davie Selke, Melvyn Lorenzen (both 18) and Martin Koblanski (19), none of whom has much experience.
Their primary strikers are Franco di Santo and Nils Petersen. The former has scored just 14 league goals in his career, and although the latter had a great 2012-13 season, should he be injured, there is little in reserve. Petersen has been out of action due to a ligament injury since October and won't be back until December. Last week, trainer Robin Dutt was forced to field midfielders Zlatko Junuzovic and Eljero Elia in attack not because he intended to have a tactical revolution, but because he had no other viable choice.