Name: Nico Elvedi
Current Club: Borussian Moenchengladbach
Previous Clubs: FC Zurich
The Stats: So far this season, Nico Elvedi has been a consistent starter for Borussia Moenchengladbach, appearing in 25 of 26 Bundesliga games, whilst being terribly consistent on the ball, completing 94% of passes so far this season, joint second best in the league.
Why Is He One To Watch?: Since joining Moenchengladbach as an 18 year old five years ago, Elvedi has consistently played over 20 games a season for the side, missing just 6 games in the last 3 seasons in the league. He has played an integral part in a strong defence for the team this season and has been a star performer as his side chase a return to the Champions League. Although he prefers playing at centre back, he can play anywhere across the back and has an outstanding understanding of his positioning on the pitch. He is definitely a modern centre back, shown by his passing record this season, as he could compete with the top players in terms of keeping a cool head on the ball.
Rumoured Transfers: Although it is starting to sound a bit like a broken record during this series, Elvedi has been paired with Bayern Munich, who seem to have identified him as a possible young replacement for Jerome Boateng, who is just moving the wrong side of 30. They think he could probably join the likes of Alaba, Pavard, Davies and Kimmich in a rather young Bayern defensive lineup, he certainly looks good in possession, something that is much sought after these days.
Another team looking into Elvedi’s availability is Arsenal, who are on the lookout for someone to shore up their defence, could Elvedi be Arsenal’s Van Dijk? He certainly has the talent to eventually fill that billing and, considering Moenchengladbach are generally a selling club, he could also be the best option for a good price tag.
Upcoming Opponents: After picking Eintracht Frankfurt apart at the weekend, Moenchengladbach and Elvedi are at home to fellow Champions League chasers Bayer Leverkusen in a match that could be crucial to the team’s ambitions. Following that, they are at home to Werder Bremen and away to Union Berlin, both of which they should be looking to beat if they are to achieve the desired top-4 finish.