HEGELER HAPPY TO FILL IN AT THE BACK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

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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