What Oliver Baumann Offers
Stability in goal, a model of consistency and the potential to be an elite goalkeeper.
If you follow the Bundesliga, you're probably thinking, "Well, Kevin Trapp and Fabian Giefer are better."
I agree with you, but the circumstances that Trapp and Giefer are in means being sold in January is less likely compared to Baumann.
Trapp is playing for an Eintracht Frankfurt team that is good enough to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Giefer owes a lot to Fortuna Düsseldorf and he's unlikely to turn his back on them any time soon. He needed a fresh start after what transpired at Bayer Leverkusen and Düsseldorf was that place.
Since Fabian was 13, he dreamt of being Bayer's No. 1.
He was finally given a clear opportunity with René Adler out of the picture due to a knee injury.
Giefer was up against journeyman David Yelldell, but Robin Dutt went for experience in a league known for its blind faith in choosing young over old.
However, Yelldell went down with injury, and Fabian was given the job by default.
In his first game against Mainz, he suffered a concussion so bad that he lost about a month's memory.
Leverkusen arranged a hasty emergency loan for Stuttgart's Bernd Leno, who was lights out during the season, winning him a long-term contract at Bayer.
This is the perfect video to describe how Giefer felt last season.
Why Might Baumann Be Available?
Freiburg's success this season has been in part due to his great saves. His club is fifth in the Bundesliga right now and if one of Europe's elite clubs want a keeper with high upside, Baumann is their guy.