Santiago Ascacibar has officially joined Hertha from Bundesliga 2 side Stuttgart.
The Argentina man has joined Jurgen Klinsmann’s Hertha where he will be wearing the number 18 shirt. Ascacibar received first cap for Argentina in 2018 under current coach Lionel Scaloni.
Still only 22 years old, speaking with Hertha’s website, here’s what Ascacibar had to say:
“I’m happy that the transfer has been completed in the winter break.
“After holding talks with Michael Preetz and Jürgen Klinsmann, I believe I can continue to develop as a player here and that we can achieve a lot together. I’m really looking forward to that and can hardly wait to get to know my new teammates. We’ll do everything we can to keep climbing up the table in the second half of the season.”
Sporting director Michael Preetz said this about the defensive midfielder:
“Santiago can operate in a number of roles in central midfield. At 22 he’s a young midfielder with the potential to develop further. He’s very strong in the tackle. We’re delighted to have recruited another very talented player into our squad.”
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Unfortunately Jose Luis Gomez career is still in suspenson as he will undergo third surgery within last 3 years:
Ascacibar is big talent and always was. Never doubt about that. This transfer already proves he is better than some people thought and is going to develope still.
Our midfield is sorted
Sure…I can see him in NT midfield soon.
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“At 22 he’s a young midfielder with the potential to develop further. He’s very strong in the tackle.”
I don’t think we have anyone currently that can be described as “strong in the tackle”. Guido Rodriguez is the closest thing to that, Battaglia if he regains form is a good option too.
I believe we need that type of defensive midfielder to shield the defense. We don’t have world class defenders or goalkeepers so the least we can do is provide an adequate protection to our back line. I am not sure any combination of Paredes, De Paul, Lo Celso/Palacios/Acuna is enough. If we played only a possession type of football and dominated most teams, then perhaps we could do with only those midfielders. But Scaloni is more than happy with giving up possession to the opposition and soaking up the pressure. In that scenario I think we could really use a good tackler in front of our defense. Just my opinion.
My hope is Ascacibar can be that type of player in the near future. In fact I want to see how a Lo Celso/Palacios, Paredes and Ascacibar midfield would fare in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation.
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