Talented young Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann has admitted that he would like to join a new side in the future.
The 23-year-old recently signed a contract extension with the club he’s represented in some capacity since 2002 but has gone on to admit that he will be seeking a move away from the club for a fresh challenge.
“Here it is indeed outstanding, but eventually I want to go at the right time to another club,” he told German newspaper Bild.
Freiburg are currently locked in the bottom three of the Bundesliga table, with a goal difference of minus nine which suggests that Baumann is one of the diamonds in the dirt of the German strugglers.
His stats this season are relatively impressive when considering the position he finds his club in.
He’s making an average of just over 31 passes per game, which is more than Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and he’s also more accurate than Neuer in terms of long balls, with 6.1 long passes finding their target per match.
One area Neuer is significantly ahead is in terms of passing success rate with almost 28% more of his passes finding their intended target per match.
However, Baumann can be defended in that respect because Freiburg’s stats this season, suggest their back four is under pressure for significant spells in certain matches.
It’s difficult for any goalkeeper to accurately play out passes and long balls, when a back pass is played backwards under pressure or when a centre forward is chasing down the ball leaving no time to think.
It’s difficult to gauge where Baumann is thinking of moving to but there are several Premier League sides that could offer him a higher quality of football and more opportunity.
Arsene Wenger could find him an interesting prospect, as he’s young and Wenger has shown a great ability throughout his career at the Gunners to take underdeveloped players and turn them into world class stars.
Everton is an obvious choice because of the slick style of football they play but more significantly, Tim Howard’s age. Howard is 34-years-old and while he still has some gas left in the tank, Roberto Martinez will soon have to start thinking about his long term number one.
West Ham are in a similar position with 38-year-old goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Hammers could use a new, young and dynamic goalkeeper in their squad because the Finnish has to already be considering retirement.
Aston Villa are a good Premier League choice, a side with a huge support base and Paul Lambert could draft in Baumann, initially as back up to Brad Guzan before eventually making him the club’s number one.
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