Jesse Marsch is assured Mohamed Simakan has what it takes to fill the boots of Dayot Upamecano on the coronary heart of the RB Leipzig defence within the season forward.
Simakan loved a breakout marketing campaign at Strasbourg in 2020/21, with Leipzig confirming his switch again in March – a month after Upamecano had agreed to affix document champions Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old defender reported for pre-season coaching firstly of July, and is ready to make his Leipzig debut in a summer season pleasant in opposition to AZ Alkmaar on Saturday.
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“The entire membership has a really optimistic impression of Mo after his first few weeks right here,” Marsch instructed kicker forward of his first outing since succeeding Julian Nagelsmann as Leipzig coach.
“I feel he is an ideal man. He asks the best questions, he all the time needs to study, he is very hardworking and has a very good mentality. He is quick, very aggressive and has an actual footballing mind.
“Along with his expertise and his mentality, he has loads of potential. He is the right match for our taking part in type.”
Standing at 6’2″ – an inch taller than Upamecano – Simakan broke into the Strasbourg first workforce as a right-back, however made the majority of his 38 Ligue 1 appearances at centre-back. He was voted Strasbourg’s Participant of the Month 3 times within the first 4 months of 2020/21 earlier than signing a five-year take care of Leipzig, and has been in comparison with France legend Lillian Thuram.
The France U20’s arrival additionally follows fellow Frenchman Ibrahima Konate’s switch to Liverpool. He’s anticipated to accomplice up with Hungary worldwide Willi Orban or Croatia worldwide Josip Gvardiol – doubtlessly each – in the midst of Marsch’s defence.
Leipzig – Bundesliga and DFB Cup runners-up final season – get their aggressive marketing campaign beneath manner on 7 August with a DFB Cup first-round journey to Bundesliga 2 outfit Sandhausen. Mainz present the opposition per week later, on Bundesliga Matchday 1.