Daniel Farke believes Christoph Zimmermann is a perfect fit for English football, as City look set to make the centre-back their fourth signing of the summer.
City’s Head Coach, who made Zimmermann, 24, his captain last season while at Borussia Dortmund II, is looking forward to working with him again. “He’s a very great guy. He’s very big, tall, strong and powerful and he’s an intelligent boy. When I give him tactical instruction he always gets used to it quickly and acts in the right way. He’s an intelligent guy, has strong leadership skills and is a perfect guy for the group.
“At Dortmund he was able to get the group together and build a team spirit. I know we’ve got a really brilliant character with him, and a real weapon because of his strength and his powerful way of playing.”
Zimmermann is City’s first centre-back signing of the summer, and Farke is expecting to create strong competition for places. “Christoph knows he’s not in the pole position when he comes here, and he knows there are things he needs to improve such as opening up the game. But he’s a good fit for the squad, and he’s still young and is a brilliant character and has the skills to learn quickly.”
Farke says that Zimmermann’s powerful attributes will help him adapt quickly to the English game after spending his whole career so far playing in Germany, at both Borussia Monchengladbach II and Borussia Dortmund II. “He fits English football because of his powerful way and his great strength with headers. He’s always wanted to play in England, and it’s great to be able fulfil his dream to play here. We’re very happy he’s chosen to come to Norwich.”