September 26, 2017

Introducing RB Leipzig New Signing Konrad Laimer

Details

Name: Konrad Laimer

Nationality: Austrian

Date of Birth: 27/05/1997 (20)

Position: CDM

Foot: Right

Background

The holding midfielder who represents Austria’s U-20 side has moved to RB Leipzig for €7 mil. Konrad Laimer has been in RB Salzburg since the U-10 weeks and broke out in 2014 at just 17 years old. Laimer, 5′ 10″, made 44 appearances this season for the Austrian side in all competitions. In the Austrian Bundesliga this past season the Salzburg native made 31 appearances with 3 goals, 3 assists, and a solid 9 yellow cards. He also reached the Round of 16 in the FIFA U-20 World Cup back in 2015.

Playing Style

Konrad Laimer is a box-to-box midfielder that presses incredibly well and showcases intelligent positioning. He idolizes Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, but has the characteristics to be a natural replacement for Naby Keita. If Keita stays, Laimer is likely going to serve as depth in the beginning backing up Keita for Leipzig’s upcoming season that sees the side battling in the Champions League and the Bundesliga.

Scouting Video

What Does This Transfer Mean to RB Leipzig?

The rumors of Naby Keïta are differing not just every other day, but during the same day. On June 30th, Bleacher Report reported that Naby Keïta has an agreement in principle with Liverpool. Also on June 30th, ESPN FC reported that Liverpool had not yet made an approach to Keïta. A crucial goal to maintaining the Bundesliga success for Leipzig with the added stress of a UEFA campaign will be holding on to star players, such as Keïta. The other goal is to add some depth to make sure the star men do not get exhausted. Laimer’s transfer in is a good start to adding the depth. However, this transfer could also be a sign that RB Leipzig are preparing for the exit of a midfielder.

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The question will remain throughout the summer, is Konrad Laimer a replacement or just a reinforcement for Die Roten Bullen?

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Hailing from Ohio in the U.S., Aidan started watching soccer to better understand the game he played. Now he's a coach specialized in goalkeeper training, and loves writing about the Bundesliga. Aidan's true love is Borussia Dortmund, but respects the passion of all Bundesliga clubs (even Schalke). Aidan also contributes writing to the Yellow Wall Pod and underthecoshblog.com (Canadian soccer coverage). You can find him on twitter @aidan_reagh.

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