Brentford have announced the signing of SC Freiburg winger Kevin Schade (21).
The Premier League side have been keeping tabs on the promising youth German international and even attempted to buy him last summer. The former Freiburg man joins on a loan deal until the end of the season with an obligation to buy for €25m.
Freiburg were hoping to keep Schade for a little longer and help him develop his game. However, the pull of the Premier League and the price tag offered, it was a deal that the Bundesliga outfit could not refuse.
The 21-year-old joined Freiburg in 2021 from Energie Cottbus. Schade has made eight appearances for Freiburg in the first half of the Bundesliga season, scoring once in Freiburg’s 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.
Schade now becomes the joint second most expensive sale of Freiburg equalling the likes of Nico Schlotterbeck’s move to Borussia Dortmund last summer and Maximilian Philipp’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2017, both costing €20m.
Upon signing, head coach Thomas Frank explained: “I think Kevin is a typical Brentford signing. He is a young, promising talent that we see big potential in. We have been following him for a while and we think he will suit our style of play. He can play anywhere across our front three positions. He could play for us on either wing or as the central striker. He has great pace and is very promising in the way he runs behind defences.”
GGFN | Jamie Allen