Black Eagles linked with Werder Bremen’s Sebastian Prödl

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Updated: March 31, 2015

German sports authority BILD have revealed that Werder Bremen’s 28-year old Austrian central defender Sebastian Prödl may sign for Beşiktaş on a free transfer this coming summer.

The Austrian, who featured 44 times for the Austrian national team and scored 4 goals, joined Werder Bremen back in 2008. He has scored ten goals since arriving at the Weiser stadium and is considered a serious threat in the air. He’s tall and strong but his main weakness is definitly his agility and speed.

Beşiktaş may be looking for some more towers in their team as they have failed to score on a corner all season, bar Atinç Nukan’s header against Adana Demirspor in the cup. In that aspect Prödl would be a very decent candidate for the Black Eagles.

A quote from our friends at Schnitzel Football:

“About Prödl: Tall guy, good headers, but not very quick. Decent build up play. Sometimes with weird defensive errors.”

This however makes us a little worried, I personally watched him play several games last season as I was watching Werder Bremen in order to take a look at Aaron Hunt and he indeed made a strong impression on me on corners. In fact he even scored a goal in one of the games I remember watching. He seemed stable defensively in those particular games but right now the Black Eagles need security in the back both from their goalkeeper and their central defenders. With Pedro Franco not being the fastest and that having been exploited in the Europea League round of 16 match against Brugge. I think we’d need a decently paced partner for Franco. So unless Franco gets sold for a nice sum and Milosevic takes his place (it’s difficult to say with the limited amount of games we’ve seen Milosevic in to say exactly how fast he is), Prödl may not be the best option in that regard. Although for a defender, speed isn’t everything, Franco usually reads the game very well which maeks up for his lack of speed. But it has cost us this season a couple of times. But with a partner with good tactical awareness that should be less of an issue.

Hürriyet today suggested that he has been offered a 3-year deal by the Black Eagles and is looking very likely to sign. We’ll see how this develops.

With Prödl (1.94) and Milosevic (1.91) as a central duo we’d of course have two tall guys in the back who can be very dangerous on set-pieces, add Atinç Nukan to that party (1.96) and we’d have some very strong and tall alternatives in the back. Something we have severely lacked th is season as both Franco or Ersan aren’t all that much of a danger in the opposition’s box.

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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