The dangers of dabbling in one-season wonders hold no fear for Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, whose summer transfer policy appears to revolve around signing them exclusively.
Mattias Ginter, Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos have only shone for a solitary 12-month spell, yet die Schwarzgelben have forked out an alleged €38.4m on the trio.
Such signings have done little to convince the bwin odds gurus that they can give Bayern Munchen a fright in the Bundesliga title race, or so their price of 11/2 dictates.
Buying strikers who’ve shone on foreign shores is a fire that’s burnt several fingers in the past and Immobile could easily fall in line with the Mateja Kezman’s, Afonso Alves’ and Rolando Bianchi’s of this world.
After tearing up Serie B with Pescara in 2011/12, a campaign which he notched 28 goals, Genoa took a gamble on the puntastically named Italian, who rewarded them with just five goals before being hawked out to Torino.
His Serie A second-coming saw 22 goals plundered, prompting Dortmund to spend big, but his acclimatisation issues in 2012/13 must be a massive cause for concern.
Colombian Ramos savoured his first prolific season in the Bundesliga just last term after two goal hauls that wouldn’t warrant a switch to an elite club in his first two top-tier tilts.
Of the three Ginter is the biggest talent, but even he didn’t nail down a regular spot in the Freiburg side until last season.
With Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic first-choice centre-backs at the Westfalenstadion, there’ll be no pressure on the young German to succeed instantly, but there’s still an inherent risk, as there is with any developing player, that he’ll be unable to replicate the heady standards set in 2013/14.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should’ve provided Klopp with sufficient warning as to how it call all go wrong when investing in those to enjoy just a solitary 12 months of success,
The Gabonese forward was drafted in from St Etienne after scouts were enamoured by the 19 Ligue 1 goals he bagged the year prior, but he disappointed to the extent that club are now looking to turf him out, despite the 13 league strikes he mustered.
Transfer market faux pas such as this contributed to Die Borussians ending last season trophyless and their refusal to readdress the flaws of their recruitment policy makes the 5/4 about Bayern winning the domestic double well worth getting involved with.