Two seasons ago, Denis Zakaria was heavily linked to Manchester City, and hailed by pundits and fans alike as the next coming of Fernandinho. The Swiss midfielder still possesses all of the same qualities he did back when the speculation first surfaced, yet no one seems to talk about Zakaria in that same light anymore. Still only 24-years-old, Zakaria still has the world at his feet and should develop into one of the very best defensive midfielders in the world. If Manchester City had him on their radar, every other club should too.
If there is one word to sum up Denis Zakaria and all that he encapsulates, it would be ‘beast.’ The 24-year old Monchengladbach man is an absolute beast in front of the back-four, and stands out in every defensive category. He regularly comes up with solid numbers in both tackles and interceptions, and he rarely makes mistakes, mistimes tackles or gives away fouls. Having not been given too many minutes to shine this season, the decline in the number of discussions around Zakaria is understandable. But he still averages over 3 tackles + interceptions per 90 minutes. Also quite good in the air, Gladbach’s defense looks infinitely better whenever he’s present in midfield.
On top of his standout defensive abilities, the Swiss midfielder is…
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