With his first stint in the German Bundesliga failing to tick the right boxes, Cologne’s Anthony Ujah has a lot to prove when he returns to the championship this term.
Mainz paid silly money, in Norwegian currency, to acquire him from Lillestrom in the summer of 2011 for a transfer fee believed to be worth around 3 million Euros including performance related incentives.
But due to his lack of first team chances at the Coface Arena, the following season, he was farmed out on loan to 2 Bundesliga club Cologne, where he got his groove back.
‘’Pre-season is going good. We are on our second phase of training camp in Austria right now. I got a slight knock but I am back fully to training”, says Ujah.
‘’My expectations are nothing than helping my club to stay in the league at the end of the season as this is the target of every promoted team.
‘’If we achieve this, then we can set bigger targets in the coming seasons but first one at a time,’’ Anthony Ujah told SL10.ng.
Cologne have been active in the transfer market in the close season, signing Japan international striker Yuya Osako from 1860 Munich.
The former Lillestrom sensation is aware that competition for a first team shirt will be intense when the league resumes, unlike the previous two seasons, where he averaged 27 starts in the second – tier.
‘’It’s normal to have strong competitions at higher level as we are now. It’s going to be a long season so competition is healthy for the team,’’ the 23-year-old added.