VfL Bochum have announced their first signing of the summer, with Tarsis Bonga arriving from relegated 3. Liga side Chemnitzer FC.
The winger made a strong impression in his season with Chemnitz, scoring four goals and making eight assists in 37 appearances, although it was not enough to keep the club up. He previously played for FSV Zwickau, Fortuna Dusseldorf II and Bayer Leverkusen U19.
The 23-year-old plays mostly on the right wing, but can play on the left or up front as well. He could be a replacement for Jordi Osei-Tutu, who impressed on loan from Arsenal last season, although there have been rumours about the future of Danny Blum as well.
“Tarsis Bonga is a player who has a lot of athleticism and speed,” said Bochum sporting director Sebastian Schindzielorz, who has handed Bonga a three-year contract. “He has developed well in recent years… We want to further support him so he can take his next steps here.”
Bonga, whose brother Isaac plays in the NBA, himself said he is “looking forward” to meeting his new teammates and starting pre-season. “I want to continue working on my game and help the team as soon as possible,” he continued.
He is the first new arrival at Bochum, although they have already completed a big bit of business by tying down Danilo Soares to a new long-term deal. The club have also been linked with Dynamo Dresden’s Alexander Jeremejeff and Würzburger Kickers midfielder Dave Gnaase.