Who is Mats Wieffer? Brighton's new midfield enforcer set to sign from Feyenoord

 

Who is Mats Wieffer? Brighton's new midfield enforcer set to sign from Feyenoord

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Brighton look set to continue their busy summer business as the Premier League side edge towards their third major signing of the summer transfer window. Following the arrival of Yankuba Minteh from Chelsea and Ibrahim Osman from Nordsjaelland for a combined total of around €55 million, the Seagulls are expected to complete a deal for Feyenoord star Mats Wieffer. According to reports in England, the 24-year-old talent should make the move to the English club for around €30m – which would make Wieffer Brighton’s third most expensive signing ever. So who is the young midfielder and just how good could he be in the English top-flight next season? 

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How good is Mats Wieffer?

As something of a late bloomer, Weiffer only made his Eredivisie debut two seasons ago at the age of 22, when Feyenoord signed the midfielder from Excelsior from a modest fee of just €575k. In that period of time the central midfielder has bagged a somewhat impressive six goals and eight assists in 54 league games. But in many ways, the Dutch talent’s success at Feyenoord and the progress he’s made at the club are hard to quantify through stats. “The step was very big and it did cost him half a year to adapt to the Eredivisie tactically, technically and physically,” said Transfermarkt Dutch football expert Jesper Siereveld when asked about Weiffer’s rise in Dutch football. “ After the first six months he suddenly became a regular starter due to an injury to Quinten Timber. He immediately impressed in the matches against PSV, Ajax and Roma. Since then he never left the team, made his debut for the national team (he would have been selected for the Euros, but missed out due to an injury) and made even more of an impression in the Champions League matches versus Lazio, Atletico Madrid, Celtic and again in the Europa League against Roma.”

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What kind of player is Mats Wieffer?

Only three players completed more minutes across all competitions for Feyenoord last season than Weiffer, so it is abundantly clear that he was a crucial cog in Brian Priske’s system, as the club fought valiantly for the Dutch league title against PSV. But what kind of player is Weiffer and what can Brighton fans expect from the midfielder next season? “Wieffer is primarily a defensive midfielder, although he has played in a more advanced box-to-box role sometime,” added Sierevekd. “He’s a smart player, strong, good tackler and has incredible work rate and stamina. Although he isn’t particularly a playmaker, he was important for Feyenoord in the first phase of the build-up.” The Dutch football expert added: “He’s technical wise, an excellent all round player, physically great and mentally very strong.” Having lost Alexis Mac Allister and Moisés Caicedo last season, there’s little doubt that new Brighton manager Fabian Hürzeler will be looking to bolster his midfield options. And, fortunately for fans of the Premier League club, it seems as though they may have a ready-made replacement in Wieffer. “He looks to be a perfect player for the style the new Brighton coach likes to play and the club has shown over the years they are able to develop players,” concluded Siereveld. “I think the Premier League as a league suits him very well too, so I fully understand why he chose Brighton instead of other interested teams like AC Milan.”

Brighton aren’t often in the business of spending big on new signings, but there’s little doubt that the English club have seen something in Weiffer to make them feel confident in splashing the cash for his signature. Whether he’ll be sticking around the American Express Stadium for a number of years remains to be seen, but for now fans of the club can certainly get excited about the prospect of this Dutch talent performing in the heart of their midfield next season. 

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