Why Newcastle must hijack Huddersfield’s move for Marvin Plattenhardt
Plattenhardt, 26, started for Germany in their opening group game against Mexico in the World Cup but didn’t feature again before Joachim Low’s men crashed out at the hands of South Korea.
The German defender, who is also tracked by Everton and Bournemouth, played a crucial role in Hertha finishing 10th in the Bundesliga last season. With so much Premier League interest in Plattenhardt, should Newcastle United join the race for his signature?
Plattenhardt’s displays for Hertha rightfully earned him a spot in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the World Cup. He played just once in the World Cup and while the left-back underwhelmed, one cannot blame him for Germany’s debacle in the World Cup.
That being said; Newcastle must ignore Plattenhardt’s sole World Cup appearance and consider his performances for Hertha while making a move. The 26-year-old was one of the shining lights for the Bundesliga outfit, chalking up 8 assists in 38 games in all competitions.
Newcastle are now light in the left-back position after the exit of Massadio Haidara. Haidara’s contract at St.James’ Park expired this summer and he has joined French second-tier club RC Lens as a free agent, leaving Paul Dummett as the only left-back in the Magpies’ squad.
Newcastle fan favourite Paul Dummett is a reliable presence in defence but Rafael Benitez’s side cannot play the entire season with one left-back. So strengthening the left-back position is the need of an hour for Benitez and he would do a wonderful job by adding Plattenhardt to his squad.
Plattenhardt is an attacking left-back who loves to make forward runs and contribute to the team’s cause. Despite being attack-minded, the German is defensively diligent and would seamlessly slot into the Newcastle’s defence next season.
The Hertha Berlin man is a tenacious player who doesn’t shy away from attempting tackles and interceptions. He is excellent in one-on-one situations and the 26-year-old possesses bundles of energy to run an entire game without getting tired.
Plattenhardt is great with the ball at his feet and is also a dead-ball specialist, having scored three free-kicks in the 2016/17 campaign.
Due to his consistent displays in the Bundesliga, Plattenhardt has won admirers from Germany and beyond for his sweet left-foot, his pinpoint deliveries and his trademark set-pieces. The German is strong in the air and powerful in the tackle whilst also has the ability to make overlapping runs to stretch the pitch for the defenders.
Given his skills and attributes, it seems like Plattenhardt has all the ingredients to succeed in the Premier League. Benitez prefers his full-backs to be on the front-foot from the start.
In Plattenhardt, the Spanish tactician would not only receive a fantastic player but also a left-back to compete with Dummett in the Newcastle starting XI next season.