Newcastle have been linked with Polish defender Sebastian Boenisch, who plays for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, and he can play in either full-back position.
Sebastian Boenisch – capped 9 times for Poland
The 25 year-old stands 6’3″ tall and was born in Gliwice, Poland but of German descent, and he was raised in Germany.
Sebastian played for the German U20 (4) and U21 (13) sides, before deciding in 2010 to play for Poland, and he has 9 caps so far for the Poles, and he played in every game for Poland at the Euro 2012 Championships.
He seems to fit the profile of players Newcastle want to sign, and he is also a versatile defender, which is what Alan Pardew seems to be looking for this summer.
He joined German club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen back in 2001, before joining Schalke 04 two years later, and he then moved to Weder Bremen in 2007.
And the interesting thing is that he will be a free agent next month, as his contract runs out at the end of the month, so the price would be good. 😀
Boenisch was undecided as to whether to play for Germany or Poland, but after not getting a call-up to the full German squad, he finally decided in August of 2010 to play for Poland.
Sebastian made his debut for Poland against Ukraine on 4th September 2010, and in May of 2012 Boenisch was included in the Polish squad of 23, for the UEFA Euro 2012.
Sebastian Boenisch – in action
Boenisch played his first competitive match for Poland in the opening game of the tournament against Greece on 8th June 2012, and kept his place in the other two group games.
It seems the player could fill a role at Newcastle due to both his flexibility and size, and he looks a competent defender.
After Poland’s elimination from Euro 2012 he had this to say to to Kreiszeitung.de on Tuesday:
“I am going for Germany (that’s a surprise), although in this crazy European Championship, anything is possible,” “We were together for seven weeks and there was an unbelievable atmosphere in the team, even though we all come from different clubs.”
“It was something I have never experienced. So it hurts when it is suddenly over. I’m still trying to process it all. It was really bitter.” “Our fans are amazing. They would have deserved it, to become European Champions.”
The Poland International then spoke of the possibility of a transfer to Stuttgart, so obviously he was not aware of any Newcastle interest a couple of days ago:
“As of yet nothing has been signed. I met with Fredi Bobic, the Stuttgart Director of Sport, which were very good discussions.”
“The medical check is missing from all interested parties. I am a free agent and in no hurry.”
We’re not sure what level of interest Newcastle really have in this player, but he comes at a good price, that’s for sure, and seems to have played around 80 times in total for Werder Bremen.
What do you think?