Liverpool seem to be going the German way by scouting more players, after the relative success of Emre Can, it seems that they want to sign another young German midfielder with rumours already going around in internet about Leonardo Bittencourt but the Reds also seem to be looking to sign his team mate Lars Stindl.
The 26 year old German has become one of Hannover’s most influential player’s and it seems it could be time for him to make a move with just 18 months remaining in his contract, we look at just who Lars Stindl is and what would be bring to a team.
Who is he?
Stindl is 26 years old and has represented Germany at the U20 and U21 levels, although he still has not broken into the senior squad. Stindl was initially in the TSV Wiesental youth team before joining Karlsruher SC in 2000. He made his senior debut for Karlsruher before making a decision to leave the club and join his current team Hannover 96 in 2010.
What does he bring to the team?
Stindl is a proper box to box midfielder who has a lot of energy and can run about the field with ease. Stindl can also play in right midfield, although not as a proper tricky winger, he can still deal damage to the opposition as he does have a great burst of speed which helps him beat defenders. He may dribble a lot but that does not mean he scores a lot of goals as he only has 11 goals for Hannover in nearly 120 league appearances for the Bundesliga side.
Stindl also has an eye for the important pas to split defences, that is something he has worked hard on and can make that killer pass which can lead to goals. He still does like to have a pop at the goal but his goals to games ratio shows that is something he needs to work on.
If there is a negative in Stindl’s game it has to be his defending, Stindl does lack a defensive outlook and often gets caught out of position which leads to a lot of problems for his club. His tackling also isn’t the best and he does get pushed off the ball easily as he isn’t the biggest midfielder you will ever come across.
Stindl is a player who has some time to learn the art of defending but even if we forget about that aspect, he still is a great option to have in the team and has the mould to become one of the best box to box midfielders in the modern game.