Earlier today we covered a report from Germany that Julian Börner has signed for Sheffield Wednesday.
Around lunchtime on Thursday it became clear Arminia Bielefeld’s captain would be leaving his club, despite coming to a verbal agreement over a renewal.
The Bundesliga 2 side then released a statement, saying they were disappointed the central defender had gone back on his word but wished him well in England.
At that point, the club he’s signed for wasn’t made clear, and then Neue Westfälische revealed it to be Sheffield Wednesday.
There’s now a second German source backing the claims up. Haller Kreisblatt say they’ve learned from their own sources, so not simply from the previous report, that the 28 year old will be moving to The Owls.
It’s explained how important the player has been for Arminia Bielefeld. In 149 matches, the defender has scored 19 goals.
To clarify where he plays, we’ve taken to Wyscout, a professional system used by some of the world’s biggest clubs. They have a season heat map for Börner, which shows the left-footer plays on the left side of a traditional centre-back pairing.
He can play on the right side, but is more comfortable on the left and that’s where he’s used most often. It would appear Arminia Bielefeld play quite a high-line, which may be interesting for Steve Bruce going forward.
Börner averages 46 passes per match, with a success rate of 87%.
He wins 62% of his aerial duels, averaging at eight per match.
His last five goals scored (going back to March 2018) include four headers from set-pieces, and a brilliant volley against Heidenheim.