New signing Christopher Lenz in profile

Among all the young talents that have arrived in recent weeks, Eintracht’s first signing for the new season has almost been forgotten. Yet Christopher Lenz is the one who should be given particular attention.

Christopher Lenz came through the youth ranks at Hertha BSC from 2008 to 2012, before moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach. After just two months, he was promoted from the U19s to the reserve team, where Lenz registered eight goals and five assists in 111 appearances across a period of nearly four years. His performances didn’t go unnoticed and Union Berlin brought Lenz back to his home city in summer 2016.

Christopher Lenz at his first press conference.

Six months later, Union loaned him out to Holstein Kiel, who were in the third division at the time. The left-back started in 17 out of 18 matches in the second half of the season, playing a big part in the Storks’ promotion. The 1.80-metre-tall defender stayed in Kiel for another year, but after playing 90 minutes in each of the first four matches of the 2017/18 campaign, he suffered a serious adductor injury which kept him out of action for several months.

Lenz has joined Eintracht from Union Berlin.

Bundesliga breakthrough

Back at Union, he had a difficult start, making just 12 appearances in their promotion campaign. But the Berliners’ debut season in the Bundesliga also brought about a personal upturn for Lenz, who made 26 starts – he missed the other eight league games through injury. Last term, the 26-year-old started 27 times and posted four assists.

"Eintracht are a big club and have developed incredibly in recent years, have taken several steps forwards, and that was the reason for me to take the next step in my career, and I immediately said I definitely want to take the step to Eintracht", said the 26-year-old.

Lenz is most comfortable on the left flank, either on the left of a back four or as a wing-back in front of a back three.

Lenz is most comfortable on the left flank.
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