Remember the name Karim Guede because it could start doing the rounds when the summer approaches.
Guede has played 18 matches for Freiburg this season, losing his place only as a result of squad rotation and suspension.
As an aggressive midfielder he is efficient but not reckless, he’s been booked just four times and sent off once, which leaves him tenth on the Bundesliga discipline list and only the second central midfielder in the top ten.
There are several reasons he’s an ideal midfield enforcer for not just those sides but any Premier League side.
The fact he plays for Freiburg means he is approachable in terms of a transfer to a top European team. It would be much more difficult to sign him if he played for Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.
He’s six feet tall and strong, which are two of the core attributes that any midfielder needs if the basic elements of his game include racing around the field looking to win the ball back and break up the play.
He’s not reckless despite the fact he’s in the top ten for the Bundesliga discipline list. He’s yet to pick up five bookings in the league and his red card came as a result of two of the yellow cards he’s so far received.
His age is important because at 28-years-old he still has a large chunk of his career left and his position means he can play well into his 30s with other younger and faster players compensating for his lack of pace, as he gets older.
If a Premier League side can settle him, give him a good deal and pacify any negative elements to his personality then they could easily get the best out of him.
He’s changed clubs five times so far in his career which suggests that he’s been looking around for something to get his teeth into, especially now as he enters the peak period of his career.
In terms of a fee he shouldn’t be too expensive which is appealing to Premier League sides that now have to break even to play in Uefa competitions.
Who do you think needs an enforcer?
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