Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hincapie: speechless, but a leader

His record reads like that of a veteran. In just one of his 30 competitive operations for Bayer 04 this season, Piero Hincapie was not up to date. In the 0-2 defeat against VfL Wolfsburg on matchday 10, the Ecuadorian international caught a black day like almost all of his teammates and conceded the record reads note 5.5. But otherwise?

Yes, otherwise the defender, who can play both in the center and on the left, delivers his achievements with the reliability of a Swiss clock. In 19 graded league games, he has an average grade of 3.26 and was never judged worse than with a 4.0 except for the Wolfsburg game. The same applies to five evaluated Europa League missions (grade average 3.1).

That a South American comes to Europe and withstands the pressure and this intensity…

Gerardo Seoane

“We are pleasantly surprised how he has done it so far – nationally and international,” says Gerardo Seoane, who is less surprising the performance of the actor, but the not required start -up time of the talent. Because: “In terms of potential, we knew that he would play well in the Bundesliga. But that a South American comes to Europe and withstand the pressure and this intensity”, Seoane had not expected that.

Even the preparation missed due to the late transfer was not an obstacle. Because Hincapie, who came from Ca -Talleres from Cordoba for 6.4 million euros, has the ability to adapt quickly. “With him you always have the feeling: the hurdle is so high, now it jumps over it. Then it is a little higher and he jumps over it again. It adapts very quickly,” judges his trainer.

reserved in the cabin – “Foot language on the square”

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With his services and its mentality, Hincapie has already taken on the first management tasks, although he lacks the verbal means. He appears as a leader despite the language barrier. “Less in the cabin – he does not speak English and no German, which is difficult – but on the pitch he communicates in the foot language,” says Seoane.

a defender “naturally”

Hincapie, a strong duels with a lot of calm on the ball and a good passing game, is a thoroughbred defender. “He is simply a defender of nature, just likes to defend and see that the others also defend. He already takes on a leadership role. It’s a bit more difficult in the cabin.”

In addition to the South American faction, he can only communicate with his Spanish with the Portuguese -speaking Edmond Tapsoba and Jonathan Tah. “Sometimes,” says Seoane, “he still has difficulty expressing himself.”

Purely verbal. On the square, Hincapie, who qualified with Ecuador as a regular player for the World Cup in Qatar, is anything but speechless.

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