Here we go then.
After several weeks of almost no action anywhere in the world, major European football finally returns this weekend, as Germany’s Bundesliga gets back underway.
With little other choice on offer, football starved fans across the planet are expected to turn their attention to Germany’s top-flight in order to get their long-awaited football fix.
But are there any teams in particular that Leeds United fans should be watching out for as the Bundesliga resumes?
Here, we’ve taken a look at three clubs in the Bundesliga with some form of link to Leeds, that Whites fans might want to keep an eye on as the German season begins again over the course of the weekend.
One club that have a very direct link to Leeds United at the minute, are RB Leipzig, thanks to striker Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan move to Elland Road back in the January transfer window.
While Augustin has endured something of a difficult time at Leeds so far, Leipzig have once again impressed in the German top-flight this season, and currently sit third in the Bundesliga, five points of top spot with eight games of the season still to be played.
Leeds do reportedly have the option of making Augustin’s move to Yorkshire permanent in the summer, although you wonder whether the striker’s views on such a deal could be influenced by how his parent club fare over the next few weeks.
If he feels he could still have a chance to succeed with Leipzig, then he may well be reluctant to extend his stay at Elland Road beyond the summer, which could put Leeds off the prospect of activating that obligation to buy clause, putting more pressure on the club to strengthen their attack in the transfer window.
Another Bundesliga club Leeds fans may well be watching with interest with the summer transfer window in mind, is SC Freiburg.
Throughout the course of the season so far, Leeds have regularly been linked with a move for Freiburg centre back Robin Koch, as they look to add some much-needed defensive reinforcements going forward.
As a result, Koch’s performances for Freiburg in the next few weeks will be interesting to watch, to see if the 23-year-old would indeed be a worthwhile target for the Elland Road club.
So far this season, Koch has featured in all but one of Freiburg’s 25 league games, helping the club to eighth in the table with 35 goals conceded, which does bode reasonably well for any potential transfer approach in the near future.
Away from the talk of transfers, Leeds fans may also be interested to find out how one of their former managers is getting on these days, and Fortuna Dusseldorf will give them the opportunity to do just that.
Back at the end of January, Dusseldorf announced the appointment of Uwe Rosler – who previously took charge at Elland Road for an underwhelming five month spell back in 2015.
So far, Rosler has yet to win any of his six league games in charge – although he has lost just once in that time.
As a result, Dusseldorf are currently 16th in the Bundesliga table – which would see them face a relegation/promotion play-off against the third-placed team from the second-tier – four points adrift of guaranteed safety, and four clear of the automatic relegation, giving Rosler plenty to think about as the action returns.