In Profile: Moritz Bauer

Moritz Bauer

RENOWNED for his rapid pace and technical ability Moritz Bauer’s arrival at the bet365 Stadium fulfils a lifelong dream of his to play in the English Premier League.

One of the most highly-regarded players in the Russian top-flight, the talented defender became the Potters first signing of the January transfer window earlier today after the formalities were completed on an £5.5million deal.

The Swiss-born Austrian international has spent just a solitary year in Russia with Rubin Kazan, but has undoubtedly made his mark there, featuring 41 times in all competitions throughout 2017.

Whilst the attacking full-back wasn’t able to get himself on the scoresheet in that time, he did manage five assists - most notably teeing up the match-winning goal in a crucial victory over Spartak Moscow during the latter stages of the 2016/17 campaign.

His impressive form at domestic level also culminated in his first venture into the senior Austrian set-up too, with Bauer being rewarded with his international debut against Georgia in a World Cup qualifier back in September.

He has since gone on to make a further three appearances for his country, starring in recent World Cup qualifying victories over Serbia, Moldova as well as a friendly triumph over South American heavyweights Uruguay.

Prior to his move to Russia, the technically-gifted performer established himself a first-team regular for Grasshopper Zurich in the Swiss Super League, having initially managed to break through into the side as a teenager.

After impressing at Academy level at the Stadion Letzigrund, Bauer was handed his maiden professional outing in a 3-0 reverse at the hands of BSC Young Boys, as a 19-year-old, in September 2011.

Despite his inexperience, his attacking and exciting nature propelled him into the starting line-up on a regular basis, as he went on to make 16 appearances for the club throughout what was an impressive professional debut season.

In total, Bauer featured 105 times for the Swiss side prior to his £3M move to Rubin, helping them lift the Schweizer Pokal in 2013 as well as finishing as runners-up in the Super League at the end of the 2012/13 and 2013/14 campaigns.