Yet another Bosnian international has made the move to England with the latest being central midfielder Mario Vrancic, who has joined Norwich City FC from Bundesliga outfit Darmstadt.
The 28-year-old Bosnian international played his entire career in Germany for various 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga clubs such as Mainz, Paderborn, and Darmstadt. Vrancic plays primarily as a central midfielder and accrued four goals and two assists in his 23 league matches this season for Darmstadt.
Even though he plays his international football for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vrancic came through the ranks of the German international youth system, even winning the U-19 European Championship. He also played a total of 11 matches (3 goals) for Germany’s U-21 side before making the switch to Bosnia.
During his time in the 2. Bundesliga, Vrancic played a total of 83 matches, assisting 20 times, and scoring 10. In the Bundesliga, Vrancic played 76 matches with 8 goals and 4 assists but regularly contributing with key passes.
So what can Norwich City FC fans expect from him? Vrancic possesses excellent technical skill, which is the case with many ex-Yugoslav players, but also an eye for goal. His set piece skill is excellent, as well as his passing and crossing skills.
Vrancic enjoys crossing the ball and utilizing long passes towards the strikers. He finished as a top ten key-pass maker in the league as well. It remains to be seen how he will adjust to the game outside of Germany, but by all accounts Vrancic is a solid pick up for Norwich and should inject some skill on the ball at the club.