The Owls have signed the Scotland international and fans of his parent club as well as ex-employers Glasgow Rangers were happy with the move.
Following Sheffield Wednesday announcing the loan signing of Hamburg defender David Bates, a number of fans both of the German club and of Ibrox side Rangers took to Twitter to give their thoughts on what the Owls can expect from the Scotland international.
The Hillsborough outfit confirmed the move on transfer deadline day (official Owls website), the 22-year-old returning to the United Kingdom after making the switch to Germany last summer from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
Bates began his career with Raith Rovers but got his first experience of first-team football on loan with East Stirling, where he made 17 appearances during his maiden campaign, and then had another loan stint, this time at Brechin.
Rangers went on to bring the 6ft 4in ace to Ibrox in 2016, initially in their youth setup, and he made 28 senior appearances for the Light Blues, scoring one goal, according to Transfermarkt.
Bates then switched from Scotland to Germany in the summer of 2018 and, like his time at Rangers, made 28 appearances for Hamburg and scored once (Transfermarkt) for the second-tier side, and now he will look to help in Wednesday's quest for Premier League promotion.
Here is what some fans of his parent club and of his prior employers at Ibrox said on social media regarding their player's temporary switch to S6:
@DavidBates_ has this evening signed for @swfc on a season-long loan— HSV English (@HSV_English) August 8, 2019
Best of luck in Sheffield Batesy boy, we look forward to welcoming you back to Hamburg in a year's time #GingerRamos #nurderHSV pic.twitter.com/OFmy8HPIip
IMO he´s quite good. At least a very solid defender. I think he played a good 1st half of the season last year in Hamburg. But then he played less in 2nd half, unfortunately IMO— Skail|Fabi (@Skail_Fabi) August 8, 2019
I think he fits well in Championship and English football in general and can help Sheffield
Good luck David Bates in the season— HSV Brasil (@hsv_br) August 8, 2019
Please come back, harder, faster and better You are part of our HSV-Family #forever— für Jatta #ProJatta #antisportbild (@derO11896509) August 8, 2019
Unfortunate that you're not in the hsv plans this season, but #swfc fans have got themselves a solid ball playing centre back. Good luck, just don't score against derby— Sam Watson (@Sammicrojupiter) August 8, 2019
Good luck the ginger Ramos ⚪️— True Blues Loyal®️™️⚪️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@TrueBluesLoyal) August 8, 2019
Ginger Maldini, not Ramos.— Billy King 'In The North' (@Redfive05ive) August 8, 2019
Oh he’s more than decent defender. Old school clear his lines type.— Ozzysraders ⚽️ (@DavidOsborne4) August 8, 2019
I love you ❤❤— Flanagan's-Brexit-Tackles (@Ulster_On_Tour) August 8, 2019
Great years education in Germany, join up with the Scottish contingent at sheff wed and challenge for the league this year. Great move!— Josh (@jhendy_10) August 8, 2019
You guys have got yourselves a cracking player. We were gutted to lose him to Hamburg. Hope you have a great season @DavidBates_— Daren Kennedy (@darenk23) August 8, 2019
All the best WATP— Davie Macmillan (@macmillan_davie) August 8, 2019
The official Bundesliga website has claimed that, although Bates has the nickname "Ginger Ramos", he has a style reminiscent of Bayern Munich ace and Germany international Niklas Sule.
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