Scout Report – Philip Heise
Wolves’ summer recruitment shows no signs of ending just yet and now they may go after Dynamo Dresden left-back Philip Heise to cover a position left totally exposed in the last year-and-a-half. Here’s what we know about his so far.
Heise was born in Dusseldorf back in 1991 and was picked up by youth team FC Buderich. Having come to the notice of Bayer Leverkusen, the full-back was taken to their academy to continue his progress but moved back to his home town to play for the youth set-up at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Although he also spent time as a youngster at Borussia Monchengladbach, his break as a senior player came at Fortuna where having made his debut in 2010 he went on to play 32 league games for the B team. That got him a move to Preussen Munster where he played for two seasons before moving on to Heidenheim.
68 league games were played by Heise at the southern-based club as he progressed nicely through the German football ranks, eventually being snapped up in 2015 by VfB Stuttgart. Only a handful of games were handed to him there, both for the first team and the B team, before he moved to Dynamo Dresden in January this year, making 18 appearances and scoring 2 goals for them.
Style Of Play
Although nominally a left-back, Heise loves to get forward and is comfortable in a midfield role on the left too. He has already scored 10 league goals in his career and sees himself as a fundamental part of his team’s attacking play as well as their defensive set-up.
This sort of forward play from a full-back would help Wolves greatly as it’s something they haven’t seen on the left side for some time. He would complement Conor Coady on the other side wonderfully well, and would help give Wolves a much more attack-minded feel about their play.
Heise, given his age and where he has come from, he would not be looking for a massive move to the Premier League nor will he be in Germany’s World Cup squad in Russia next year.
He is capable of playing at a higher level than the 2.Bundesliga though and coming to Wolves would give him that opportunity. German football is heavily followed and if Wolves don’t snap him up now then somebody else will before long.
Heise is the sort to keep improving right into his 30’s and so whoever takes a punt on him can expect to get plenty of value for their money.