Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has been singing the praises of Koln defender Jonas Hector.
The 24-year-old left-back has been in impressive form for the Bundesliga outfit so far this season and made his international debut for Germany against Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier last weekend.
Podolski himself is a former Koln player and is delighted to have someone else from his ex-club feature for the 2014 World Cup winners.
“Jonas Hector is a super guy and he fits in well here,” the Arsenal man told Ksta.de. “I think he will get better in the future.
“He has been with the Germany team for only a few days. He is determined to get more chances, and then it will be up to him to show what he can do."
While Hector appears to be on the rise, Podolski’s current situation is not that great.
The former Bayern Munich forward is struggling for playing time at Arsenal at the moment, and there are strong suggestions that he may have to leave in the January transfer window.
Competition for places in Arsenal’s attack is fierce, and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger does not appear to have any immediate plans to make Podolski a regular in his starting line-up.
Podolski has yet to score in four Premier League appearances this season. He has created one chance, and has a 83% pass accuracy and a 25% shot accuracy.
In three matches in the Champions League, the Arsenal forward has scored one goal, has a 100% pass accuracy and a 50% shot accuracy.