Midfield playmaker and key player

Klaassen and his versatility provide Werder with a useful asset

Davy Klaassen's strike against Stuttgart was Werder's eighth goal scored from long distance this season (Photo: nordphoto).
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Saturday, 02.03.2019 // 10:14 Uhr

Von Daniel Gerdes

As referee Robert Hartmann blew the half-time whistle in SV Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart, 42,000 fans were cheering in celebration in the Weser-Stadion. Davy Klaassen’s long range equaliser sent the crowd wild but it wasn’t just the Dutchman’s goal that caught the eye as he once again proved his talents.

Since arriving in Bremen last summer, Klaassen has become a pivotal part of Florian Kohfeldt’s midfield. The 26-year-old Dutchman has played in each of Werder’s 26 matches so far this season, scoring four goals and providing five assists. His long distance strike last Friday was enough to give the Green-Whites a point. Klaassen’s versatility can turn matches both in attack and in defence.

Klaassen's international experience makes him a useful asset in Bremen (Photo: nordphoto).

Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wolfsburg, the Werder head coach spoke once more about how important the 26-year-old midfielder is to his team. “He play a bit role in our style of play, most important in balancing attack with defence.” Klaassen bring a lot of onto the pitch, especially his creativity and this makes him “a key player for us,” says Kohfeldt. “He’s a player who can play the final pass and is also dangerous from distance. He works hard when he isn’t in possession and he dictates the midfield very well,” added the Green-Whites head coach.

Klaassen is likely to start on Sunday away in Wolfsburg (18:00 CET) and make his 27th Werder appearance. Kohfeldt and the rest of the team will hope Klaassen can lead his side to all three points against the Wolves.