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Who is Jean-Paul Boetius? The man linked with Middlesbrough, Watford and Norwich

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Bundesliga and Mainz midfielder Jean-Paul Boetius is wanted by a host of English clubs, according to The Telegraph

Watford, Middlesbrough and Norwich City have all been credited with an interest in the versatile attacker, with the report stating that the 28-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer.

With Middlesbrough and Norwich confirmed to be in the EFL next season, and Watford all but relegated, we thought we’d take a look at Boetius’ career and let you decide whether or not he’d be a good transfer for any of the aforementioned clubs.

Early days in the Netherlands

Boetius’ career began in the Netherlands with Feyenoord, where he had played since he was a child.

He would eventually make his first team debut in a huge match, ‘De Klasieker’, in 2012, against Feyenoord’s bitter rivals Ajax at just 18-years-old.

Boetius was a surprise inclusion, given he had never featured even on the bench for the Feyenoord first team at that stage, but that did not stop him from getting on the scoresheet in an impressive debut.

The youngster quickly established himself as a starter on the left wing for the club, and across two spells there in his career, he would go on to score 26 goals and register 26 assists in 136 appearances.

His form there also earned him a Netherlands cap in 2014 and he made his debut against France in an international friendly. To date though, this is his only international appearance at senior level.

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Moving on

Boetius would eventually leave his boyhood in 2015, swapping the Eredivisie for the Swiss top flight, but things did not work out well for him at FC Basel.

In his two years there he would make only 23 appearances, albeit impressing in those performances, scoring seven times and assisting twice.

He was eventually loaned out to Genk in Belgium, where he once again produced impressive goals and assists numbers, with five goals and five assists in 23 appearances.

Back to Feyenoord and move to Italy

After how things transpired in Switzerland, Boetius was clearly looking for home comforts when he returned to Feyenoord in 2017.

He would have another impressive season in the Dutch top flight, scoring six and assisting seven in 28 appearances before once again leaving Rotterdam for pastures new in 2018.

This time, Germany was the destination, with the Dutchman having signed with Bundesliga side Mainz.

Boetius has stayed there ever since, making 127 appearances for the club so far, and scoring and assisting a combined 36 goals.

During his time in Germany, the 28-year-old has played mostly as an attacking midfielder, as opposed to other times in his career, when he has played on the left wing.

His contract with Mainz is due to expire this summer, hence the versatile attacker is on the radar of the three English clubs above.

Given his pedigree, it will certainly be interesting to see if he links up with an English club in the second-tier next campaign.


BJTC accredited MA Multimedia Journalism graduate. Freelance Football Writer for FLW.

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