He was watertight at the back for Stuttgart in all 3 of his seasons there. He set the world alight at the 2018 World Cup with a stunning volley in a triumphant France side. Now Benjamin Pavard has finally got his long awaited transfer away.
The Frenchman has been impressive for club and country, making him one of Europe’s best young defenders. His breath-taking goal against Argentina in the last 16 of course propelled him into the spotlight, with many expecting him to transfer away from the Mercedes Benz Arena after the tournament.
The move has certainly taken it’s time, but Bayern Munich have got Pavard’s signature for just £31.4 million, an excellent price for such a highly regarded defender. He will join in the 2019/20 season and will without doubt bolster their backline.
The defender spent his youth career at Lille before making 21 appearances for the first team between 2015 and 2016. Yet just 13 league games in his second season prompted the World Cup winner to make a move to Germany.
Bundesliga 2 side VfB Stuttgart signed Pavard in the summer of 2016 and he has been integral to their remarkable rise ever since. 21 appearances in his debut season helped his side earn promotion back to the German top flight. Instant impact.
The French international’s second season was where he truly established himself. One of just 4 players in 2017/18 to play in every second of Bundesliga football with his 34 appearances vital to Stuttgart’s incredible 7th place finish in their return to the big time.
After half of 2018/19, Stuttgart sit in a disappointing 16th and with the defender leaving for the Allianz, it could get worse next season.
Style of Play
Standing at 6ft 1, Pavard is an incredibly versatile football able to play at right back, left back, central defence, defensive midfield or even on the right wing (we know he can shoot, just ask Franco Armani).
What sets him apart from most is his intelligence and how well he reads the game. Time after time, the Frenchman’s positioning has been second to none with his ability to hold up the ball making up for his lack of physical strength.
Pavard’s ability to anticipate and intercept passes is superb, shown by his 2 interceptions per game last season. He’s also able to play out from the back with ease, which is essential for a modern day defender.
Benjamin Pavard is a stellar signing for Bayern Munich. At just 22 years of age, he has plenty of time to develop into a world class defender and be the successor to the aging Jerome Boateng. £31.4 million, an absolute steal in today’s market.