Everton are reportedly interested in SC Freiburg’s centre-back Keven Schlotterbeck, according to Christian Falk.
TRUE ✅ @Everton is interested in Keven Schlotterbeck (23), center back @scfreiburg pic.twitter.com/0Ei5rZF6j2
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 12, 2021
Everton Interested in SC Freiburg Centre-back Keven Schlotterbeck
Keven Schlotterbeck to Bolster Everton Defence
Following a nine-goal thriller, Everton progressed into the FA Cup quarter-finals, beating Tottenham Hotspur. This extraordinary game saw both teams throw caution to the wind. Both sides’ defences were almost non-existent.
But since Carlo Ancelotti has taken the reigns at Everton, they have conceded fewer goals per Premier League match (1.33 per match vs 1.47 per game last season).
Compared to their defeated opponents, Spurs, they have conceded six more league goals, with a total of 28, the seventh-best record in the league.
Carlo Ancelotti has never finished below the top six after a full season at a whole host of clubs across various leagues. This includes the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
A defence that is the seventh-best at keeping out goals still has room for improvement, especially if Ancelotti wants to maintain his fantastic record.
Enter Keven Schlotterbeck.
Keven Schlotterbeck: A Profile at a Glance
Schlotterbeck is a 23-year-old German centre-back who currently plays with SC Freiburg.
He’s featured 16 times in all competitions, conceding 24 goals in the matches he was involved in.
Schlotterbeck had a particularly good loan spell at Union Berlin last season, after joining Freiburg in July 2018.
Berlin were newly promoted but managed to reach a respectable 11th place, with the eighth-best Bundesliga defensive record.
This season, the 6’2″ defender has the most interceptions, blocks and clearances per game for Freiburg and the fourth-highest tackles per match.
He is also mostly confident on the ball, completing the fifth-most passes per game at 79.3% accuracy.
On paper and on the pitch, Schlotterbeck is a solid defender with a good grounding in German football.
He must now make the leap into the Premier League. But at the age of 23, he has plenty of time to settle in England and sharpen his defending skills.