Liverpool can buy ‘Reece James’ from left side with transfer of ‘secret’ Bundesliga assist machine
Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas have both provided quality on the left for Liverpool this season.
The pair are fighting for a starting spot, but there is no marked drop in quality when either play. This is mainly due to the remarkable development of Tsimikas over the past six months.
Between them, the duo have provided eight assists in all competitions this season, Robertson, naturally, taking the lion’s share, with six.
Still, it’s always a good thing to look to the future, and one player who catches the eye is German full-back David Raum, who currently plays for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
The 23-year-old is impressive in his first season with the club following a £4.5million move from Greuther Furth last summer.
In the German second division, Raum finished last season with 15 assists in 34 games. This season in the Bundesliga, he has provided six assists and scored twice in 17 games.
Only eight Bundesliga players have more assists than him, and all of them play higher up the pitch (including Thomas Müller, Florian Wirtz and Cristopher Nkunku).
Speaking on the latest episode of the Analyzing Anfield podcast, Josh Williams and David Hughes discussed Raum and what he could bring to Liverpool.
“He’s left-handed, but he’s played in a few different positions in the past, which I guess is a nod to his technical ability,” Hughes said.
“He’s played on the wing, up front, but obviously he’s an established left-back now. He’s right up there this season in terms of assists expected in the division.”
“His numbers are good, especially in attack, he’s a very attacking full-back,” added Josh Williams.
“His statistical comparisons with the players who most resemble him in terms of full-backs: Reece James, Sergio Reguilón, Angeliño.”
“Because he’s been in lower divisions he’s been a bit under the radar, but now that he’s in the Bundesliga he’s going to rise to prominence,” Hughes continued.
“He’s probably the one that will be on all of our radars now because he’ll end up somewhere bigger and better in the next few years.”
Could Raum end up at Liverpool? And would he be a player who could one day be on their radar?
Competition for places on the left side is fierce in the form of Robertson and Tsimikas. However, Raum’s versatility in his ability to play as a left midfielder could help his cause should the prospect of a move to Anfield ever arise.
Perhaps a few more years at Hoffenheim would do him good at Raum, allow him to develop at his own pace, and at this point Robertson would be approaching his thirties. The idea of signing Raum in a few years lends itself more favorably. only at the end of this season when he would have trouble finding playing time.
But he is certainly one to watch in the future, and if his production continues to grow, Liverpool should be one of the first clubs to open up a line of inquiry for him. It’s a well-kept secret, for now, but it won’t be for long.