RB Leipzig trainer Julian Nagelsmann spoke with German footballing magazine Kicker on Thursday. In the interview, he effectively declared his club's search for any additional attacking assistance during the transfer window over.
|Julian Nagelsmann.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche|
In Julian Nagelsmann's own words: "We were looking, but our search has been effectively discontinued." With these words, the 33-year-old head coach put to rest any rumors that his rote Bullen would attempt to augment the striking corps of Yussuf Poulsen, Alexander Sørloth, and Hee-Chan Hwang. Leipzig appear prepared, for better or worse, to contest the Rück-runde with this trio.
Hwang had been the subject of loan rumors. Nagelsmann confirmed that he had spoken to the 25-year-old South Korean international, but concluded that he still needed him heading into the season's second half.
"Unless we get two more strikers, it doesn't make any sense to give him away," Nagelsmann told the magazine, "unless someone has a miraculous idea nothing more will happen."
The three strikers, all of whom have struggled with injury at one point during this cycle, have scored only five league goals among them. Four of those tallies belong to Poulsen, who has been unable to start the last three fixtures after reporting nagging abductor pain.
Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg can play lead striker as well. The former just returns from injury while the latter has been ruled out of the coming weekend clash with knee problems.
Nagelsmann voiced no overt concern about the production numbers and injury problems plaguing his attacking corps. In point of fact, he even confirmed that Leipzig would likely loan-out fourth string striker Denis Borkowski to 1. FC Nürnberg.
"That topic is on table and we're discussing it," Nagelsmann divulged, "It makes sense to think about certain loans."