The winter transfer window may have just closed, but the wheeling and dealing behind the scenes has continued at Werder Bremen with the club announcing the first name that will be joining in the summer. The Grün-Weißen have revealed they have secured the signature of Rapid Vienna striker Marco Grüll. Here we take a closer look at the future Werder man……
The mood at the Weser Stadion is on a high at the moment with three successive Bundesliga victories taking the club up to ninth in the table coinciding with the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. The mood has received another boost today with the unveiling of 25-year-old striker Marco Grüll as a new addition to the squad for next season on a free transfer.
He currently plays for Austrian side Rapid Vienna and has scored five league goals in sixteen appearances while adding a further six in the ŐFB Cup and two in Europe. He has four international caps for his country, but they were all back in 2021 as Austria were bidding for World Cup qualification.
Grüll began his career at SC Pfarrwerfen and in the Austrian fifth division at the age of fifteen before progressing to third tier TSV St. Johann where he scored 50 goals in 99 appearances. He joined SV Ried in January 2019 before moving to the capital with Rapid on a free for the 2021-22 season. He scored eight league goals and added seven assists in his first season, while last year he scored six with eight assists.
He plays nominally as an attacking left winger, but as a natural right-footer, he can also be deployed on the right or more centrally if required. Aside from taking set-pieces with his right, it is hard to notice his stronger foot. He is a traditional touchline-hugging winger, but has the ability to cut inside. He has a good crossing ability (something that Marvin Ducksch will no doubt appreciate).
What they’re saying:
Clemens Fritz (head of professional football): “We have been following Marco’s path for a while now. He has developed very positively in recent years and has aroused interest on the transfer market – not least in the last transfer phase. We are therefore very pleased that we were able to convince Marco of our sporting concept and his perspective with us and that he will strengthen our team from the summer.”
Ole Werner (coach): “Marco is an active and straightforward offensive player who has proven his ability to score goals in recent years and is also a good preparer. I am convinced that he will integrate very well into our team and can continue his positive development with us.”
Marco Grüll: “It is a great honour for me to be able to wear the SV Werder Bremen jersey from the summer and to be part of this team. I am ready to give my best and continue my positive development to help the team achieve their goals.”