Marcel Sabitzer: Player Profile

Marcel Sabitzer was born on 17th March 1994 in Graz and has been a professional footballer for about ten years now. He likes to operate in the middle of the park as a central midfielder and the fluidity in his style of play has allowed him to show his talent in other positions as well such as an attacking midfielder or even a right-winger. This is one of the reasons why he is such a tremendous asset to any team. The German champions, Bayern Munich, were able to secure his services in the latest transfer window for a sum of €16 million. The 27-year-old midfielder’s market value amounts to €42 million, but his contract was about to expire on June 30th, 2022, which made this deal possible. Now, Sabitzer is bound to the Bavarians until 2025.

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TRANSFER HISTORY

Sabitzer started his professional career at FC Admira Wacker Mödling, a team in the first tier of Austrian Bundesliga. After playing there for two years, he became a popular figure in the league and was signed by Rapid Vienna in the winter transfer window of 2013. Playing there for only 1.5 seasons, he started attracting international offers. He was signed by RB Leipzig, who was still in the 2nd division of German Football but had a clear plan for the future, which was one of the famous reasons which attracted Sabitzer to this club. In the first season, he was sent on loan to RB Salzburg, one of the biggest sides in Austrian Bundesliga. He gained experience from there, and when he returned to his parent club, they were promoted to the top flight of German Football. From there on, the only way was up for Sabitzer in his career. With Leipzig being promoted and the very next year finishing as runner-ups, Sabitzer played a vital role in the drastic improvement of the club. From there on, they kept on reaching new highs, and in the process, Sabitzer caught the eyes of big clubs all around. In the latest transfer window, he got offers from many big Premier League clubs and some Italian clubs as well but he decided to join the club he has been supporting since childhood, Bayern Munich.

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STYLE OF PLAY

Playing for his former side, RB Leipzig, he scored 52 goals and even set up 42 goals as well in his 229 appearances for the club. Playing in almost every position high up the pitch, he has some impressive stats to show for it as well. Playing many games in his career on the wings, he had 29 goals and 30 assists as a right-winger in 135 appearances and 18 goals and six assists as a left-winger in 56 appearances. Although in recent years he has preferred a more central role, as a central midfielder, he has ten goals and six assists, but the most vital part of his time in the center of the field has been the defensive support he brings in the side and the long balls which opens up defenses and allows the wingers to find spaces.

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How will Sabitzer fit in

Coming from Leipzig, it is expected to be a seamless transition for him as he will play under Nagelsmann, who was his manager for the last two seasons. With Bayern Munich, it is expected to win every tournament which thus leads to a whole lot of games in a season for the club, and to tackle the workload and avoid injuries, backups are a must-have. Sabitzer brings exactly that to this squad, at 27, he is entering his prime, and the fact that he can fill in different positions would work very dearly for Bayern. His experience, versatility, and work rate in the center of the park are very special, and will be great as a backup for the german midfield duo of Kimmich and Goretzka. Sabitzer can operate as an eight and ten at a very high level, which would come in handy if Müller or any winger suffers an injury or when they are rested. On few occasions, Sabitzer has also played a much deeper role. All this fluidity in his game makes him a very good asset for this club. It could well turn out to be the signing of the summer in the Bundesliga if Rekordmeister can make perfect use of his abilities.

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