Herbert Bockhorn - All You Need to Know

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me who we were likely to sign this summer and I replied, "Probably someone from Dortmund that I've never heard of before". Then we went and signed Tommy Elphick, Reece Brown and Josh Koroma and I was left looking a little red faced.

Today though my super safe prediction has come to fruition as the club have signed Herbert Bockhorn from Borrusia Dortmund II. When his name was linked with Town a few weeks ago, I profess to knowing nothing about the young full-back.

Fortunately for you I took the opportunity to do a bit of research into him on the off-chance that he would make a move to West Yorkshire. Here's everything you need to know about Town's latest summer signing...

Where does he play?

On football pithces mostly, but there are rumours suggesting he likes to play Fortnite on Xbox. Ohhhh, you mean what position does he play? Right well I can answer that one pretty conclusively, he's a full-back and he usually features on the right although he can play quite comfortably as a left-back too.

One of the main reasons that he was signed was for his versatility with Jan Siewert saying this of his newest recruit;

"His versatility is a real asset; he can play at full back on either side and on the wing, so he's a great player to have in our squad."

How does he play?

In the same snippet from the club Jan Siewert said that Herbert Bockhorn has some 'very interesting qualities as a player'. Although the German coach didn't elaborate he is probably referring to Bockhorn's physical abilites.

The 24-year-old full-back has pace to burn and will add speed to an already lightning quick squad. Bockhorn's work rate and physicality are also key attributes along with his ability to beat a man and drive forward.

Positionally Bockhorn can be found wanting on occasion, but he makes up for that with his ability to recover and his tough tackling.

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What to expect from Bockhorn

It's hard to get a clear consensus on Bockhorn as much of his career to date has been spent in the lower leagues in Germany. Although according to fan reviews he is a player with bags of potential and was unfortunate not to break into Dortmund's first team last season.

When Siewert was managing Dortmund II he often employed Bockhorn as a right winger, although he is expected to feature as an attacking full-back at Town. It is clear that we have unearthed a bit of a rough diamond here and with the right coaching and guidance, Bockhorn could go on to become a quality player.

The Ugandan was entrusted with the captain's armband last season at Dortmund which shows what the club is trying to do in terms of squad personalities. Last season Town lost their identity and lacked somewhat in leadership, it's hoped that Bockhorn can have a galvanising effect on the squad and bring in a bit more accountability.

How much did he cost?

Town have unsurprisingly reported this deal as an 'undisclosed fee' as they are prone to do, but reports suggest the transfer was worth an intial £150,000 with an extra £100,000 in add-ons which would make the total value of the deal £250,000.

Who's next?

Bockhorn was the rumoured 'first of three' signings due to be announced by the club last week, and it is believed that the other two will be loan signings from Premier League clubs. There are strong rumours that Kieran Dowell will make the move to Town from Everton in the coming days, although Sheffield United are still itnerested in the player.

Aaron Ramsdale is the other name heavily linked with Town. The young Bournemouth 'keeper's name has been repeatedly mentioned over the course of the summer so a loan deal wouldn't come as a surprise.

Other than that, it's all quiet on the signings front until one or two players are shipped out. Phillip Billing looks likely to be the first big name to leave with a transfer to Bournemouth reportedly in the latter stages.


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