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Sheffield Wednesday have secured the signing of centre-back Julian Borner from Arminia Bielefeld, as confirmed on the club website.
The 28-year-old, who is a former German U-18 international and captained his side to a seventh-place finish in the German second division last season, moves to Hillsborough, though the club have not confirmed the length of his contract.
So what do you make of the acquisition of Borner for the Owls?
“Borner is looks like good business from Sheffield Wednesday, although it is hard to tell how he will get on in the Championship until he starts playing regularly.
“The centre-half is very experienced in the Bundesliga 2, so he should be able to adapt to this league okay, even if the level is slightly below the Championship.
“He captained his previous side so will have good leadership qualities to add to an already experienced squad.
“It’s also good news for the club that they have been able to add new legs despite their transfer embargo.”
“It certainly could be.
“The Owls’ are in need of additional defensive reinforcements and a new partner for Tom Lees after Michael Hector returned back to his parent club Chelsea at the end of last season.
“The 28-year-old is an experienced centre-back, with almost 150 appearances in Bundesliga 2 and will add some leadership qualities to Bruce’s squad, having captained his previous side Arminia Bielefeld.
“The six-foot-two defender should also be an aerial threat at both ends of the pitch. At Bielefield last season he won an average of 4.9 aerial duels a game and has scored three headers per season for the past three years.
“He looks like a good addition to the squad but there are question marks at whether Borner will settle well in Championship, having never played above Bundesliga 2.”
“Borner is an unknown when it comes to most fans of English football but he could be a really good addition.
“Bruce tends to prioritise his defence, and it was no surprise that his arrival last season coincided with Wednesday conceding less and becoming tough to beat.
“As a result, you can trust that Bruce has brought in someone who will help in that regard. Not having Michel Hector is a blow but Borner should bring organisation and that physical edge.
“There is s concern that he has no experience of English football and could take a while to get up to speed, but with game time he should prove himself to be an important defender for the team.”