The Lowdown: Raum’s emergence
The 24-year-old has since gone on to impress in the German top flight, having now made nine appearances for Die Nationalmannschaft. Raum played 32 times in the Bundesliga last season, amassing a stunning 13 assists during the campaign.
The Latest: Interest in Raum
Hoffenheim don’t need to sell the defender with his current deal running until 2026, and his €30m (£25.8m) release clause only activates next year, so his price is said to be ‘freely negotiable’.
The Verdict: Great signing
Raum’s performances last season have led many to lavish praise on the full-back, with Adam Khan of Breaking the Lines describing him as an ‘exceptional attacking threat’ for his ability to spray crosses into the box. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen dubbed him “a highly talented and extremely fast player with a strong left foot”.
Khan’s appraisal is demonstrated by the German’s ranking in the 99th percentile for assists, expected assists and shot-creating actions, when the 24-year-old is compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year (via FBRef).
Should Newcastle sign David Raum?
With such high praise and a favourable player comparison, this would surely be a great signing for Newcastle to add to Eddie Howe’s squad.
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