Schalke defender Ozan Kabak is about to affix LIverpool, nearly two years after being linked with strikes to Manchester United and Arsenal.
Kabak, 20, has already packed rather a lot into his younger profession and is now set to affix the Reds, and staff up with one in every of his idols.
With Jurgen Klopp’s males struggling a defensive damage disaster this season, it was solely a matter of time earlier than a brand new centre-back joined.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been long-term absentees, whereas even stand-in Joel Matip has had his points, with midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho referred to as in to assist out.
Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have additionally lent a hand when wanted however Kabak appears to be thought-about the long-term resolution, and will give the membership a alternative for Dejan Lovren who left final summer time.
Beneath talkSPORT.com provides an in-depth perception into all you have to learn about Kabak…
Ozan Kabak – 2020/21
Bundesliga apperances – 14
Begins – 14
Clear sheets – 1
Tackles per sport – 1.2
Interceptions per sport – 0.9
Clearances per sport – 3.9
Aerials gained per sport – 4.1
Move success – 87.9 per cent
What’s the deal?
Arsenal and Manchester United have been each eager on signing Kabak again in 2019, with Tottenham additionally sustaining a tentative curiosity in his providers.
Bayern Munich have been additionally following the progress of the fashionable defender, however ultimately he joined Schalke that summer time six months after leaving Galatasaray in his homeland for Stuttgart.
Issues haven’t gone nicely for Schalke, and regardless of their difficulties, Kabak has remained prospect high golf equipment have stored an eye fixed on.
In video games the defender has performed in, the Bundesliga outfit have conceded 2.49 objectives per sport however they see the advantage of promoting off their proficient younger star as they try and rebuild their squad.
Initially he’ll be part of Liverpool for a £2.5million mortgage charge and an possibility to purchase him in the summertime.
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Membership profession to date?
The Ankara native joined the Galatasaray youth academy on the age of simply 11.
Kabak would go on to make 14 appearances for the Turkish giants, 13 of which got here within the 2018/19 marketing campaign previous to his mid-season swap to Stuttgart.
There he gained the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Season award with simply 15 league appearances.
His expertise stood out instantly and inside six months he had been signed by Schalke for £13.5million after his launch clause was activated.
Throughout a season-and-a-half, Kabak has made 40 Bundesliga appearances in royal blue however the membership have struggled badly.
Within the 2019/20 marketing campaign they didn’t win any video games after a mid-January victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
They simply about survived due to their good type in the beginning of that yr however the winless run continued into the present marketing campaign.
Between January 18, 2019 and January 8, 2020, they didn’t win a single league sport, earlier than a overcome Hoffenheim signaled the tip of the disastrous run.
They’re presently backside of the Bundesliga desk and 9 factors from security.
Kabak, although, didn’t assist issues for Schalke as he was suspended for 5 video games having been caught spitting at Ludwig Augustinsson, whereas he was additionally handed a £13,235 (€15,000) wonderful for the incident.
Kabak gained 50 youth caps for Turkey, and is now enjoying for the senior aspect.
He was referred to as as much as the primary squad for the primary time in March 2019 and have become a daily in 2020, making six appearances, bringing his whole to seven general.
What’s being mentioned about him?
“Ozan is without doubt one of the finest defensive skills in Europe,’ mentioned former Schalke head coach David Wagner.
“Everybody is aware of which groups made each effort to attempt to signal him. He’s definitely one of the vital proficient defenders of his age in Europe.”
Stuttgart sporting director Thomas Hitzlsperger knew his skills mentally and technically.
“It’s unbelievable how worldy-wise he’s for his age,” he mentioned. It’s astonishing. I see him every single day and am amazed at how he mature he’s. He needs to know every thing; he needs to study German immediately and perceive every thing. That’s the type of perspective we want. He’s already a job mannequin, regardless of his age.”
Gonzalo Castro, a teammate at Stuttgart, added: “He’s very laid again, very calm and doesn’t let the membership’s present scenario [in a relegation fight] trouble him. He’s undoubtedly received the expertise to play at a giant membership.”
The Bundesliga’s official web site in contrast his studying of the sport and tenacity within the deal with to Sergio Ramos, in the meantime the participant himself has admitted he admires the Actual Madrid ace, together with Raphael Varane and Virgil van Dijk.
Talking on his personal strengths, Kabak highlighted his aerial alents: “I might say my heading capability is nice, as a result of I scored so much with my head earlier than, at Galatasaray. I’ve good physicality, like tempo and leaping.
In the meantime, on his love for Liverpool’s star defender Van Dijk, he added: “As a footballer? I like his model and the way he performs, so I can say he’s my soccer idol.”