Hull Metropolis have landed their sixth new signing of the summer time after wrapping a deal to land free agent Thomas Mayer.
The 26-year-old joins Lewie Coyle, Josh Emmanuel, Richie Smallwood, Greg Docherty and Alfie Jones in Grant McCann’s squad after signing a two-year deal with the Tigers this afternoon.
Mayer arrives in English soccer as an unknown amount to most after spending virtually all of his profession in his native Austria.
So, what can Metropolis anticipate from their newest recruit throughout a busy League One season?
Mayer’s well-travelled background
Metropolis’s new boy may solely simply have turned 25 final month however he arrives on the KCOM Stadium having turned out for six totally different golf equipment.
In addition to time spent with Fast Vienna, Pasching, Liefering, LASK Linz, there was a profitable mortgage with SV Ried earlier than he joined Austria Lustenau final summer time.
Mayer made 25 appearances and scored 5 targets within the Austrian second tier as a part of a staff that narrowly missed out on promotion when ending third.
Apart from a spell on the books of German giants Stuttgart as a teen, a transfer to Metropolis is his first step outdoors of Austria, a nation he additionally represented at schoolboy degree.
What can he supply?
Grant McCann sometimes likes his attacking choices to readily play in all three positions throughout his ahead line and Mayer ticks that field.
Though predominantly used on the suitable with the choice to chop in on his stronger left foot, Mayer also can play on the left flank and thru the center.
A Youtube compilation, historically a ringing endorsement of any new signing’s skills, reveals there may be an eye fixed for spectacular targets and threaded passes into the ultimate third.
Metropolis, although, are more likely to be affected person with Mayer. The winger has been with no membership for a number of months and arrives wanting match sharpness.
Mayer will finally be tasked with pushing the likes of Mallik Wilks, James Scott and Keane Lewis-Potter for begins in League One.
Can he buck the abroad development?
If Sean McLoughlin might be thought of a far safer wager after enjoying in Eire, Mayer joins Norbert Balogh as Grant McCann’s only signings from continental Europe.
Balogh arrived with a helpful pedigree however badly did not settle earlier than his early launch in Could.
McCann – and Metropolis – have tended to work within the British markets and Lee Darnbrough, the membership’s head of recruitment, has had combined success abroad.
Though Jordy de Wijs has established himself as a Metropolis common after becoming a member of from PSV Eindhoven in 2018, David Milinkovic and Ondrej Mazuch each struggled badly to make their mark on the KCOM Stadium.
Mayer may even hope to fare better than City’s only previous Austrian. Martin Pusic made solely 4 appearances for the membership throughout a short keep in 2011-12.