This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season is probably going better than expected given the doubts many had over whether or not they could cope with the added demands that a Europa League qualification and subsequent group stage would bring.
The west Midlanders currently sit sixth in the Premier League table and have even advanced into the knockout stages despite sticking with a small tight-knit squad.
Although, that attitude could be about to soon change as manager Nuno Santo revealed his intentions to strengthen his side in the January transfer window.
He didn’t mention any specifics or much else on top of that, but Birmingham Live believe the club have central targets in both defence and in midfield high on their priority list.
Given Nuno’s system of playing three-at-the-back which has an emphasis on ones ability to play out from the back and start quick counter-attacks, it would be wise to centre the focus around similar statistics.
Of all three players, Koch has the highest passing success rate of any at 85.1%, which also surpasses any defender in the Wolves squad.
The German also averages more long balls per game (4.9) too.
Koch’s ability to play defensive midfield may swing things in his favour too. He’s been compared to Javi Martinez in the past, who similarly made the transition from a number eight to a number six over his career.
He’s described as an ‘enforcer’ that has a ‘tremendous willingness to get stuck in and get his hands dirty’ by the Bundesliga official website, who also note his ‘engine’ and ability to put in tackles.
Valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt, he could well be the one for Nuno next month.