HEGELER HAPPY TO FILL IN AT THE BACK
JENS Hegeler has raised a few eyebrows by lining up in central defence for Bristol City this season but the 29-year-old says that supporters shouldn’t be surprised.
The German – who arrived at Ashton Gate from Hertha Berlin in January – came more widely known as a midfielder, but says that he is indeed comfortable plying his trade in Lee Johnson’s back line as he enjoys striding forward with the ball at his feet.
“That’s just the way I play the position,” said the former Bayer Leverkusen man, who has been capped by his country at Under-21 level.
“Sometimes it can be a good thing but sometimes you can lose the ball in a good position for the other team.
“It’s a fine line but so far I think it’s worked quite well.
“It’s a different style of football in England compared to Germany but it depends what the gaffer wants and depends on the tactics of the team.
“I’ve played in this position quite a lot in Germany, so I’m used to it. I like it. When you have three games in a week, it can be easier from a physical aspect to play as a defender rather than in midfield.”
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