As any good football fan will tell you, the foundations of any football team are the defence, and you don’t need to be an architect to see that the foundations or once for a better word the ‘defence’ at Old Trafford is crumbling.
In order to achieve a good rebuild and a strong sturdy team you’ve got to start from the ground up, and in terms of a football team that means starting with the defence, and in particular central defence. However, Ed Woodward needs to make sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the wherewithal to achieve this. Many known defenders have been recently touted to partner Lindelof in the central defence, but I’d say few have heard of Ozan Kabak, and I’ll be honest I’m not one of the few.
The Express are reporting that Manchester United, as well as Tottenham and Arsenal, are all battling to try and seal a £13.2m transfer for the defender. The Turkish born defender started his career at Galatasaray youth academy at the tender age of 11 years old, he progressed through the academy and went on to make 14 first team appearances for the club, as recent as 18/19 season before the 19-year-old teenager sealed his move to the Stuttgart.
Stuttgart’s manager Markus Weinzierl’s has trust in the Ankara native and thrown him into the first team where he has played the full 90 minutes ever since, making him the youngest first-team player for Stuttgart. Kabak’s stats show that the young centre back averages an interception every 8 minutes, and has three goals to his name he also possesses an eye for goal when the opportunity arises.
Kabak as 50 youth international caps, and with having an impressive season under his belt he’s earned himself an international call up to the first team squad, but as yet to make his international first team debut. Kabak can read the game, which in my opinion is a good attribute to have as a defender, he senses danger quickly and possesses a quick turn of pace. It’s been mentioned that his playing style is likened to that of Sergio Ramos, and also as the same bite as the Spanish defender, having committed 15 fouls in his first 11 games for Stuttgart.
This tenacity and bite that Kabak shows is what Manchester United need in defence, a defender who isn’t shy of getting stuck in and take a firm grip in the game. Little is known about the Turkish teenage defender but for £13.2m he could be what Ole needs to strengthen the foundations of the Old Trafford outfit.