Arsenal reportedly hold significant interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno. In the wake of a potential move, here is an overview of his abilities.
Bernd Leno is one of the great German goalkeepers and the player is close to making a move to the Premier League according to the latest transfer rumours.
Arsenal are reportedly looking at the 25-year-old goalkeeper who started his career in the youth ranks at Stuttgart. He joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan in 2011 before the club made his move permanent with a transfer in January 2012 for €7.5million.
The German international made 42 appearances for Bayer Laverkusen last season and kept a clean sheet nine times. His number of clean sheets was certainly influenced by a poor season for the whole team as Bayer Leverkusen finished just 12th in the Bundesliga.
His main weakness is ball distribution and Leno has a 63.2% successful pass rate. With an average of 18.85 passes per game, it perhaps isn’t such a bad rate, but his long balls do often miss their target.
Another unsettling fact is the number of saves per-goal. The German makes just 1.48 saves for every goal conceded. To put that in perspective, Petr Cech makes 2.64 saves before he concedes and Wojciech Szczesny makes 2.45 saves per-goal.