Jannik Vestergaard – Werder Bremen’s Great Dane

At 1.99m Werder Bremen’s new defensive signing Jannik Vestergaard certainly looks the part when it comes to being a centre-back. Werder fans will now be hoping the 22-year-old can help plug the leaky defence that saw the ‘Green-Whites’ concede 39 goals in the Hinrunde and finish 16th at the halfway stage.

Vestergaard has signed from Hoffenheim on a three-and-a-half year contract after falling down the pecking order at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, only making one start this season.

Capped twice by Denmark (Vestergaard has a German mother and a Danish father), the U-21 captain is a player Werder have been tracking for a while and the club management are pleased to have secured his signing.

“We want to continue to develop the roster and wanted a player like Jannik Vestergaard. He is strong in the middle, really exudes a physical presence and is tactically very well trained” said Werder coach Viktor Skripnik.

Manager Thomas Eichin echoed those sentiments saying: “We have looked at him for some time and agreed within the team that Jannik Vestergaard brings the perfect mix of experience and potential to develop that we can build upon in the future. He has the goods to make an impact in our team.”

Vestergaard scored his first Bundesliga goal for Hoffenheim at the Weser Stadion, but it will be his ability to keep the ball out of the back of the net that Werder fans will be more concerned about.  The Danish international was born in Copenhagen and played his youth football in Denmark before joining Hoffenheim in 2010.  He featured in 22 matches for their reserve side before making his senior squad debut in April, 2011 against Eintracht Frankfurt.  Vestergaard appeared in 71 contests while at Hoffenheim and scored four goals.

His signing, though, will  throw some doubt upon the future of Italian defender Luca Caldirola at Werder. Speaking some weeks ago, the 23-year-old former Italian U-21 international, who lost his starting place, revealed that if he wasn’t playing, he would have to consider his future.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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