Last night saw England produce a positive performance against Germany in Dortmund, even though the Three Lions came away on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline due to a superb strike from retiring Mannschaft icon Lukas Podolski.
The Three Lions were energetic, vibrant and brave going forward, but ultimately failed to penetrate a Germany backline that remained calm and composed under pressure – particularly in the first half when the likes of Adam Lallana and Dele Alli were creating real problems for them in the final third.
One defender who really stood out was FC Koln’s Jonas Hector, who has been linked with the Premier League frequently of late. Indeed, The Times mooted him as a potential Chelsea target in January, whilst Transfer Market Web also reported on Liverpool’s long-standing interest during the last transfer window – harking back to rumours from the summer.
As our infographic shows, the 26-year-old was a proactive presence last night, chipping in with five tackles, three interceptions, two clearances and one block. But perhaps more impressively, he also contributed at the other end with one created chance and made a real difference on the ball – recording the second-most touches of any Germany star after midfield playmaker Toni Kroos.
Liverpool and Chelsea could both be in the market for a left-sided option this summer; James Milner has impressed this season but isn’t a natural No.3, whilst Marcos Alonso has enjoyed a strong debut Blues campaign but probably won’t take Antonio Conte’s side to the next level any time soon.
Could Hector’s strong showing against England remind his former suitors of what he has to offer? Could it even convince them to put some money on the table this summer? We’ll have to wait and see.