Much like many of Daniel Farke’s signings, Norwich City’s latest, Lukas Rupp, has plenty of experience in German football.
The 29-year-old central midfielder (who can also operate at full-back) started his career with Karlsruher in 2008, for whom he’d represent both the first and reserve teams until 2011, making a total of 49 appearances and scoring ten goals in three years at the club.
Top-flight football beckoned when a move to Borussia Monchengladbach went through. First-team action initially didn’t materialise, however, with Rupp being sent on loan to SC Paderborn 07 in 2012.
After scoring twice in 15 games, Rupp returned to Monchengladbach and ended up amassing 48 appearances across the reserve and first teams, scoring three goals in the process.
Paderborn got promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time ever ahead of the 2014-15 season, and Rupp became a part of it when he moved there permanently that summer.
His four goals that season consisted of one against Borussia Dortmund, a ten-minute brace to comeback and beat Freiburg, and a consolation in a 3-1 home defeat to Wolfsburg, Timm Klose netting for the opposition on that day.
Rupp also crossed paths with Mario Vrancic while at Paderborn and met Marco Stiepermann in Germany’s national team setup, so he knows a couple of the Canaries already! Rupp and Vrancic played together, the former scoring, for Paderborn’s 2-2 draw in 2014 with Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, who had been 2-0 up thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus.
While back-to-back relegations followed, Rupp had done enough in his 31 appearances for the club that season to bring about the interest of VfB Stuttgart, where he moved for the 2015-16 campaign.
This time around, Rupp featured in 29 matches, scored five goals and got six assists, earning him the club’s Player of the Season accolade in the process, but once again he became part of a side to be relegated from the Bundesliga. Once again, however, Rupp was staying in the topflight, with his performances that season described as the ‘bright light in a season to forget’.
Most recently, Rupp has spent three and a half years of his career near his hometown of Heidelberg with 1899 Hoffenheim. They finished fourth, third and ninth in the last three Bundesliga seasons, with Rupp making 47 appearances across the reserve and first teams, scoring six goals in that period. He also played alongside the likes of Niklas Süle and Serge Gnabry.
In January 2020, Rupp finally made his long-awaited move to England when he signed a two and a half year deal at Norwich City FC.