German publication BILD has already reported that Dortmund would be ready to let Brandt go on loan, if a lucrative offer is made this month, but the same report suggests the Bundesliga are unwilling to sanction a permanent move.
The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was a key player for Dortmund last season, scoring three goals and registering seven assists in 33 league appearances, 25 of which were starts. However, Brandt has only made six Bundesliga starts for Dortmund in 2020/21 and has yet to score.
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So what if Arsenal succeed in securing Brandt’s signing in the January transfer window? And what kind of impact could he have at the club?
To have a little fun and try to predict the future, we used the new Football Manager 2021 to see what could happen.
We ‘signed’ Julian Brandt for Arsenal in January 2021
To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to have Borussia Dortmund winger Julian Brandt join Arsenal in the January 2021 transfer window, using the new FM21 to run our simulation.
The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data coming from their international field-scouting network which has around 1,000 people, among their ranks some are involved in soccer at professional title, including scouts. and coaches.
Additionally, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms that check for outliers and data gaps. The accuracy of the data is further ensured by the contributions of contributors active in the professional game (players, agents, etc.) who provide regular feedback.
Here’s what Brandts’ profile looks like on Football Manager 2021.
We then simulated the entire 2020/21 season on the game, to see what kind of impact Brandt could have at Emirates Stadium starting in January.
This is what happened!
Julian Brandt2020/21 season for Arsenal
With Arteta retaining his favorite 3-4-3 lineup throughout the campaign, Brandt’s arrival in January was bad news for Alexandre Lacazette, with the winger playing mostly on the left in the top three, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting the central strike. position.
Let’s take a look at Brandt’s stats.
The Germany winger has scored five goals and three assists in 27 appearances across all competitions, all of which were starts.
His 6.99 game-average rating suggests the winger had a decent but unspectacular season, with his xG of 8 also suggesting his finish was slightly below par.
Let’s compare Brandt’s production with the rest of the Gunners squad, to put the Dortmund forward’s season into perspective.
The 24-year-old created fewer chances than Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Aubameyang and Willian, with his creativity a little underwhelming, with his goal not scoring enough to scream.
However, the fact that Aubameyang has scored 28 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions suggests that Brandt, and the rest of his attacking teammates, helped create space for the forward who has had a stellar season.
Despite a below-par half-season at Arsenal, Brandt still made the Gunners the top eleven stats with his superior performance at Lacazette, despite playing far fewer games.
Arsenal’s best team at the end of the 2020/21 season was as follows; Leno; Chambers, Mari, Gabriel; Tierney, Ceballos, Partey, Bellerin; Brandt, Aubameyang, Willian.
So how have Arsenal fared in all competitions in our simulated season with Brandt next door?
This is what the final PL 2020/21 table looked like in our simulation.
The Gunners have recovered from their slow start to secure a fifth place in the Premier League, finishing just three points behind Spurs in fourth place, which is quite impressive.
And their points tally was significantly higher than last season, gaining 69 points in 38 games, 13 points more than the 56 points they scored in the actual 2019/20 campaign.
Football Manager predicts that while Brandt may not have a transformational impact on Arsenal’s squad on his own, his arrival could see Aubameyang take center stage, with the Gabon striker helping to send the club back to a respectable finish.
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As always, these simulations are just one way of predicting a player’s potential impact, but it’s interesting to see how Brandt might perform in the Premier League for Arsenal, if the winger signs for Arteta’s side. in January!
Football Manager (FM) is the world leader in football management simulation. The latest edition of the game, FM21, is now available on PC, Mac, Mobile, Touch and Xbox.
The Football Manager database currently contains data on over 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data coming from their international field-scouting network which has around 1,000 people, among their ranks some are involved in soccer at professional title, including scouts and coaches.