Video evidence: Marc-Andre Kruska (West Brom)

Tony Mowbury is delighted with West Brom’s positive start to the season. For some teams mid-table obscurity is seen as a label of derision but for the promoted Championship teams it is a position which they all aspire to attain. The foundation of the Baggies’ success has been its stout defence, which Mowbury worked on strengthening during the summer transfer window.

The club is not resting on its laurels and the red tops are linking the club with a swoop for Bourrisia Dortmund’s defensive midfielder Marc-Andre Kruska. At just 21 he has made an incredible 91 appearances for the club since making his debut in 2006 and has gained 13 caps at Under-21 level scoring three goals.

Standing at 5′ 10″ he is known for his stamina, high work rate and combativeness in protecting the defence which has previously earned him nine yellow cards in one season. Kruska has been described by some pundits as a cross between Christopher Meltzelder and Sebastian Kehl, two defensive players that became Dortmund legends and who enjoy success at both club and national level.

However, Kruska’s progress has juddered to a halt this season. He has started just two games for the Bundersliga side. Last season the Baggies had been quoted a transfer fee of £4 million for his services but with his contract expiring at the end of this season and with the possibility of signing him for free he may prove to be excellent value for money.

The race for top young talent in Europe is fierce and with clubs such as Real Madrid having been linked to Kruska in the summer, the Baggies may face a difficult if not impossible task in signing him.

Video evidence of Marc-Andre Kruska can be seen here.

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