Huddersfield Town have captured themselves a real leader with fighting spirit in Christopher Schindler.
The 26-year-old leads by example and that’s why he was made skipper of 1860 Munich in the 2.Bundesliga.
He was so highly-thought on in Germany that he signed a new contract last year taking him through to 2019 – but he always had a release trigger if a hunting club met a certain valuation.
Town have done exactly that with their record €2.2m and supporters of 1860 are sad to be losing such a good player.
Schindler is fulfilling a dream by coming to England to play, but the practical element is that he brings leadership skills to the John Smith’s Stadium mix, defensive quality and ability in the air.
He has battling mentality in his game because 1860 have twice had to fight against relegation – Schindler proving to be one of their best players when the odds were against.
That’s why he was popular and that’s why he was made captain of his boyhood club, for whom he has made over 150 senior appearances.
In fact, he has been rated the best player in the second tier in his homeland – suggesting he has the technique to make the switch to the Skybet Championship and bolster Town’s chances of making an impact under head coach David Wagner.
Schindler is loyal, too, being a one-club man until now, playing in the 1860 youth system and second team before graduating to the first team in 2010.
A centre-back who will suit Wagner’s system, Schindler also has the experience of playing four times for Germany at Under 21 level.
He wore the club armband 36 times last season in league and cup, and he’s credited with one goal and one assist, both in the same match against SV Sandhausen.
Schindler was shown only four yellow cards, a mark of his ability to read the game quickly and tackle smartly – factors which will serve him well in front of the Town faithful.
German football observers reckon he is still to come into his prime as a defender, even though he has been a rock at the heart of the 1860 rearguard.
He stays fit, too, missing only six matches all told in two seasons, despite a constantly changing managerial situation at the club.
It would seem he will sit well alongside Wagner’s other German centre-back signing, Michael Hefele, and should prove an inspirational figure on the field for the rest of the team.
Comfortable on the ball, he will complement Hefele’s aerial ability – but for Town to lure away a captain with three years left on his contract, and at a record fee for the club, shows they are extremely keen to meet the Championship challenge which starts on August 6 at home to Brentford.