Liverpool goal Ozan Kabak has been described as a robust, fast and tough-tackling centre-back who’s ‘an actual chief’ on the pitch.
However the Reds have been warned about signing a participant who has been part of two struggling groups in back-to-back Bundesliga seasons.
It’s understood Liverpool are deep in negotiations to carry Schalke defender Kabak to Anfield on mortgage in a deadline day deal value an preliminary £2.5million, with all that’s left to be agreed is whether or not the switch will embody an possibility or an obligation to purchase.
The 20-year-old has already had an eventful profession, which noticed him be a part of the Galatasaray academy on the age of 11 after which seal a transfer to Stuttgart on the age of 18 after making simply 14 appearances for the Turkish giants.
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He then stayed at his new membership for simply six months – profitable the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Season award – earlier than the relegated group offered him to Schalke, who triggered his £13.5 launch clause.
Nevertheless it’s been a wrestle for him on the Gelsenkirchen membership, who went nearly a whole 12 months with out profitable a league recreation earlier than their current victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, and at present sit backside of the Bundesliga desk.
European soccer professional Andy Brassell joined talkSPORT on deadline day afternoon to provide us the lo-down on the Turkey worldwide set to hitch the Premier League champions.
And whereas he mentioned he’s clearly a really gifted participant, he admitted he’ll transfer to Liverpool together with his confidence at rock-bottom degree.
“It’s been a extremely tough season, a tough couple of years for him, actually,” Brassell instructed Hawksbee and Jacobs.
“Kabak has received a lot means. When he got here via toe Galatasaray youth academy, they usually don’t produce gamers as prolifically as they used to, he settled immediately.
“He seemed a person immediately, an actual chief, sensible, snaps into the sort out, he’s fairly robust, he’s quick sufficient and is somebody who can actually martial a defence.
“However then as a result of Galatasaray wanted the cash they offered him to Stuttgart at 18 years previous, he ended up being the chief there as a result of that they had no leaders, they get relegated, they then offered him to Schalke and it’s been a really, very robust time for him the entire time he’s been there.
“Particularly this season, it’s been arduous to take something good from it as a result of they simply lose each week. That, to me is the priority.
“The flexibility is there, but when Liverpool expect somebody who’s going to make an affect immediately, he has been in groups which have misplaced most weeks over the past two years, and I believe that’s began to chip approach at him a bit bit. So he wants a bit bit of labor.
“The opposite factor once you have a look at the deal taking place now, on deadline day – why didn’t Liverpool get it accomplished earlier than? Schalke have set the identical value for the entire month they usually’ve wanted the cash the entire time.”