Jannik Vestergaard: The Big Dane Impressing for Struggling Werder Bremen

The 23 year old has been at the Weserstadion for almost a year now having made the €2.5million move from Hoffenheim last January and has really thrived on the pressure of playing for a bigger club in front of much bigger crowds.


Breakthrough year

2015 was certainly his breakthrough year as a footballer having spent most of his four years at Hoffenheim struggling to cement himself in the side on a regular basis.

As well as making 31 Bundesliga starts in 2015 for Werder, which was by far the most he has ever made in a calendar year, he also helped inspire Denmark into the Semi-Finals of the European Under 21 Championships.

There was also a fifth senior international cap for Vestergaard and he was on the scoresheet in Denmark’s Euro 2016 play-off defeat to neighbours Sweden and will be hopeful of pushing for a regular starting berth as the Danes look to rebuild ahead of the World Cup qualifiers which commence later this year.


Beating the drop

Before all that though he will be fully focused on helping Werder Bremen beat the drop when the Bundesliga restarts later this month and his side are also into the Quarter Finals of the German Cup after a thrilling 4-3 win at Borussia Monchengladbach last month.

Vestergaard was among the goalscorers in that match too and at 199cm tall his aerial prowess is his main strength at both ends of the pitch.

He is certainly someone who embraces the physical side of the game and isn’t afraid to make a tackle, something which he has had to do all too regularly this season, with himself and principal central defensive partner Assani Lukimya frequently being left with little protection.

Werder spent the winter break in 16th place, which would mean a relegation play-off if they ended up there but it is very tight at the bottom.


A rare positive

Jannik Vestergaard has been a rare positive in their season so far and will be key in pulling Die Werderaner away from their surprisingly low position.


Written by Mark Sochon

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