Why Everton would be the ideal destination for Marvin Plattenhardt
Five Premier League clubs are embroiled in a bidding war to sign German full-back Marvin Plattenhardt from Hertha Berlin.
Out of the five clubs, Leicester City and Everton will probably go all the way down to the wire. The Berlin club’s sporting director has slapped a price tag of £22.3million, which is something both these clubs can afford easily.
In terms of requirements at each club, Everton seem like the better destination for the German. With Leighton Baines not getting any younger, new manager Marco Silva must buy Plattenhardt and resolve one his defensive problems. At 26, the player has time on his side, meaning he could become a key part of Everton’s renaissance.
Here’s all the required information about the player and why he will be the right man for Everton:
Player Analysis – Marvin Plattenhardt
Age – 26
Main Position – Defender (Left)
Plattenhardt is a typical German left-back with fabulous game awareness to make crucial tackles and interceptions, at a rate of 1.7 and 0.8 per game respectively. He is also a good defender in one-on-one situations, which is a very vital attribute for a full-back.
The 26-year-old is imperious on the ball and is adept at supplying devilish crosses from wide areas and driving sumptuous balls from set-pieces. He assisted 7 times and fabricated 20 chances towards the goal in the league last season.
He doesn’t get dispossessed easily and only does so at an average of 0.2 per game, epitomizing his reliability with the ball at his feet.
Furthermore, Plattenhardt has the height and physicality to shrug off players in aerial duels, which will be an added advantage. Overall, he could be an ideal replacement for Leighton Baines at Goodison Park.
With the Toffees indulging in a revamp, signing a player of Plattenhardt’s pedigree will aid them two-fold. The 26-year-old possesses the qualities and dexterousness required to be a decent addition to the squad.
For the player himself, it would be a massive opportunity to join a high-profile league like the English top-flight and perform well. Hence, Everton must do everything to get him before any potential suitors make a move.
Stats Courtesy – Whoscored.com