Celtic’s hopes of landing transfer target Niklas Dorsch now appear to be over after the German midfielder said that he would prefer to remain in his homeland.
Last month, The Telegraph reported that the 21-year-old central midfielder from FC Heidenheim was on the Hoops’ radar as a potential target.
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However, as reported by The Scottish Sun on Tuesday, he has said that his desire is to play in the Bundesliga, with his current club sitting just outside a promotion play-off place in the second tier in Germany.
Dorsch said: “At the moment, I just want to be successful with Heidenheim. We do outstanding work there, have a great environment and are strong in the league. We are realistic, but we have a good chance of promotion.” [via The Scottish Sun]
He added: “I’ve read about interest from other clubs, but for me, playing in the Bundesliga should always be the goal of an ambitious young player like myself.” [via The Scottish Sun]
Dorsch’s passing ability is probably one of the main reasons why Celtic identified him as a transfer target – he has a 90.4% accuracy rate from an average of 55.8 passes per game this season (as per WhoScored).
Among Celtic’s squad, only Callum McGregor has had a better accuracy rate (90.9%) from their first team regulars, while only McGregor and Greg Taylor have recorded more passes per game. [via WhoScored]
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has also demonstrated an aptitude for breaking up play in 2. Bundesliga this term, with an average of 2.5 successful tackles per game (as per WhoScored).
Only four Celtic players have a higher average, with two of those (Ryan Christie and Scott Brown) posting a marginally superior rate of 2.6 tackles won per game. [via WhoScored]
Dorsch is not a regular scorer, with just one in 17 appearances in 2019/20, although he has set up three goals this season in 1,482 minutes, an average of one every 494 minutes. [via WhoScored]
Brown, who plays in a similar position for Celtic, has enjoyed a prosperous scoring run of late with four goals since the start of November, including a stoppage-time winner against Hamilton last week.
Dorsch’s tremendous passing ability and his penchant for halting opposition attacks would likely have made him an astute addition to Celtic’s squad if they had brought him to Parkhead, so his public desire to remain in Germany is disappointing from a Hoops perspective.
However, with Brown proving even more adept at winning tackles and popping up with his fair share of goals, the captain’s form has lessened the blow of being unable to attract Dorsch to Glasgow.
In fact, the failure to land the tackling machine may even turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with the skipper seemingly getting better with age like a fine wine.
Celtic fans, are you disappointed that Dorsch now looks highly unlikely to come to the club or is there a need for him with Brown enjoying such a good season? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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