BVB have a potential superstar at their fingertips with Nico Schlotterbeck, who’s more than ready to turn around Dortmund’s defense.
Schlotterbeck ranked #1 in tackles in his own half and #2 in both blocked shots and pass interceptions in the Bundesliga last season. He was above the 90th percentile in aerial duels won, dribbles completed and was top 5 in challenges won. The list goes on and on.
He loves bursting forward with the ball to surprise opposing teams, as he ranked in the 99th percentile in shot-creating actions amongst center-backs in Germany with 1.68 per 90 minutes.
The youngster has scored some super goals including this thunderbolt that stunned Wolfsburg in the 87th minute:
Calm, cool and collective on the ball. Aggressive going forward. And devastatingly punishing as he tracks back to make goal-saving tackles. Schlotterbeck is a threat in the air and is unafraid to make those demanding diagonal passes that launch attacks.
Schlotterbeck only missed 2 games this past season as he led Freiburg to a Europa League berth and to the DFB-Pokal final. He added 4 goals as he came back to the club and dominated after his loan spell at Union Berlin. Physically imposing left-footed center-backs are hard to come by nowadays. Dortmund have found a gem to pair with Niklas Süle at the back.
€22 million is an absolute robbery. People have gone to prison for less.