• A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average, don’t follow up

Noah Katterbach

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 13/04/2001
  • Current Club: FC Koln
  • Position: Left back
  • Secondary position: Left Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Left

Noah Katterbach played left back during this match. He mostly had a defensive function during the match, he didn’t bring a lot of support in attack, mainly playing in a deeper position. With this lower position, he was focused on his defensive contribution. He was strong in duels, with 10 duels won. He also made 7 tackles, the best total for a player during this match.

He made good defence but he was against one of the best Mainz’s players during this match, Ridle Baku. He was isolated in front of a dynamic Baku who created danger with his pace. Noah Katterbach wasn’t able to stop Baku and in the first goal situation he made a mistake in his positioning, this mistake allowed Baku to enter in the area easily.

Rating – A2

He is a young player who is in his first season, he shows great awareness in his defensive contribution, he can still lack maturity in some situation but this aspect will develop with experience. It would be interesting to see him with higher support in his attacking contribution to dominate his side.

Sebastiaan Bornauw

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Belgium
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 22/03/1999
  • Current Club: FC Koln
  • Career: RSC Anderlecht (Y), FC Koln
  • Position: Central Back
  • Secondary position: Right Back
  • Preferred foot: Right

Sebastiaan Bornauw played as centre back with Tom Leistner during this match. In a match where Koln mostly played in a low position and the defence was exposed against Mainz 05. After a strong first part, individual errors made this team collapse after leading 2-0.

Sebastiaan Bornauw showed his defensive skills, strong in aerial duels, he was able to secure the defence during a long period of the match. He closed space quickly, he was able to cover width and closing space to secure his area. He didn’t take risks with the ball, playing secure passes and trying sometimes long passes to find attackers (5/11 long passes executed during this match, the second players on the field with more success in this aspect).

Rating – A2

For a first season in Bundesliga, Sebastiaan Bornauw showed great defensive skills in different aspect who made him dominant in his defensive contribution. His good performances could made him find a team with higher ambition in Bundesliga. A defender to watch in Bundesliga.

Jan Thielmann

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Germany
  • Age: 17
  • Date of birth: 26/05/2002
  • Current Club: FC Koln
  • Career: SV Hetzerath (Y), SV Eintracht Trier 05 Jugend (Y), FC Koln
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Jan Thielmann as started as left winger but played in both wing. He started his 6th game of the season. This return of football have been difficult to Jan Thielmann who didn’t show a lot during the 45 minutes he played. He had a quiet game with just 11 touches, he was hardly found on the field and made some technical errors. However, in the right wing, he made a good move concluded with a good cross.

Rating – C

Ellyes Skhiri

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Tunisia
  • Age: 25
  • Date of birth: 10/05/1995
  • Current Club: FC Koln
  • Career: HSC Montpellier, FC Koln
  • Position: Defensive Midfield
  • Preferred foot: Right

Ellyes Skhiri played in the midfielder with Hector. Ellyes Skhiri was an important player for Koln, with 62 ball played he had the second most touches for Koln. He offers balance and calm with the precision in his passing game to help in the first stage of build up play. His positioning to offer a solution with this ability for facing the game to drive the ball forward. His activity allows Hector to have more attacking freedom. The few times he brings attacking support, he created danger.

Rating – B1

First season in Bundesliga and Ellyes Skhiri show calm and precision in his play, he continues to proves why he is an undervalued player in Bundesliga.


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