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Scouting Report: Is Lars Stindl Manchester United's Arturo Vidal Alternative?

Hannover's Lars Stindl controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Hannover 96, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 7, 2014

Could Hannover 96 utility player Lars Stindl be Manchester United's cheaper summer transfer window alternative to Arturo Vidal?

Juventus want £40 million from United for Vidal, per Jamie Jackson at The Guardian.

What happens if Juventus up the ante and their demands spiral out of control?

In that case, United manager Louis van Gaal should take a look at Stindl as a viable plan B to Vidal.

To cover that hypothetical scenario, here is a scouting report on Stindl, a 25-year-old, 5'11", 172-pound German. 


Stindl Positives


An all-action midfielder with the capacity to play box-to-box or on the wings, Stindl is indispensable to Hannover.

While not having Andre Hahn-type straight-line speed, Stindl's short burst of acceleration is a dependable go-to move. 

That was why Stindl averaged more dribbles per game (2.2) than Vidal (0.4) last season. 

Zipping in between two Mainz players, Stindl manufactured space and supplied a cross for Hannover centre-forward Artur Sobiech


Generating separation from Stuttgart centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Georg NiedermeierStindl created his own shot. 


Cutting in from the left wing, Stindl played an incisive pass between Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Carlos Zambrano and defensive midfielder Marco Russ to Hannover left winger Szabolcs Huszti.


Intercepting Borussia Monchengladbach left-back Oscar Wendt's pass, Stindl broke free and played a reverse pass to Hannover centre-forward Mame Biram Diouf.



Anticipating a cutback from Hamburg's Hannover loanee, Artjoms RudnevsStindl noticed Hoffenheim right-back Andreas Beck out of position.

Predicting the run of Hannover central midfielder Leon AndreasenStindl perfectly hit a one-touch pass with Marco Reus-esque precision.


Stindl flashed scoring potential with goals against Hertha Berlin, Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt. 





Stindl Negatives

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Ineffective defending is a red flag in Stindl's game. 

A lapse in concentration from Stindl resulted in him not marking goal side of Freiburg substitute Philipp Zulechner, who poached a goal.


Stindl was caught off guard by Bayern Munich right winger/deep-lying forward Thomas Mueller's run in behind. 


There was only a plus-0.3 difference between Stindl's tackles per game (2.3) and fouls per game (2.0).

Whereas, Vidal had a plus-1.8 difference (4.1 tackles per game, 2.3 fouls per game). 

In addition, Stindl's tackle percentage (30, per was 13 percent lower than Vidal's (43, per


Despite roaming forward, Stindl was inconsistent in the attacking half. 

League OnlyArturo VidalAnder HerreraLars Stindl
Shots Per Goal5.213.618
Key Passes Per Game1.51.61.5
Passes Per Game45.947.246.2
Pass Completion %83.780.677.4


Bottom Line

Stindl has the characteristics of a Van Gaal player: can start in two positions, high motor, all-round playing style, is team-focused and a leader of men. 



If Juventus continue to inflate Vidal's valuation, then United should have Stindl on the long list of fallback options. 



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