Sheffield Wednesday defender Joost van Aken has headed out on loan to Bundesliga 2 side VfL Osnabruck, as confirmed on the Owls’ official website.
He joins the German club the season after they got promoted from the German third tier and will represent them for the entirety of the 2019/20 season.
The Dutchman joined Wednesday from Heerenveen in 2017 and started 14 games during his maiden campaign, as per WhoScored.
During that season, he made 1.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 7.1 clearances on average per game.
The 25-year-old only managed one game last season though, taking part in the first game of the season in a 3-2 loss against Wigan Athletic – during the 61 minutes he played in that game, van Aken made 3 tackles and 9 clearances, while he didn’t make any interceptions and completed 72% of his attempted passes.
His only other game time came in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win against Sunderland, a match in which he managed 63 minutes.
Aside from that, he only ever made the bench two more times in the entirety of the campaign.
It is understandable that Wednesday want to let him leave on loan, as it is unlikely he will make much of an impact for the club throughout the season.
This could also be good for van Aken, as it means he will have a better chance of getting more game time and will hopefully push on with his career.
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