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Get to know Joachim Andersen: Career details, playing style and more

July 30, 2021 7:37 am

Joachim Andersen has joined Crystal Palace on a five-year deal, with the Denmark international departing Ligue 1 side Lyon to move to south London.

He becomes the fourth signing under Patrick Vieira, following Michael Olise, Remi Matthews and Marc Guéhi.

Here’s the lowdown on our latest addition…

CAREER HISTORY

Andersen began his career in his native Denmark, playing for several youth sides including F.C. Midtjylland. As he neared a break-through into first-team football, Dutch outfit Twente secured his services and he played for their reserve team (Jong Twente) for 18 months.

The centre-back’s senior debut came in March 2015, a match which sparked the next step in Andersen’s career: securing a contract extension and being named Under-19 Talent of the Year by the Danish Football Association.

Having played more regularly for Twente, Andersen then earned a switch to Serie A club Sampdoria and became a regular in the starting XI. He credits this spell in particular with honing his defensive craft.

Andersen broke transfer fee records and earned his first taste of Champions League football when moving to Lyon in 2019. He was part of OL’s squad in the Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City and the semi-final defeat to Bayern Munich.

In 2020 Andersen began a loan with Fulham in the Premier League and became a key figure under Scott Parker, even captaining the Cottagers in a successful personal season.

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Andersen has represented Denmark from Under-16 to senior level, collecting his first cap in October 2019 with a 4-0 win against Luxembourg.

He has eight international appearances to his name overall, with three of those coming in the recent Euro 2020 tournament.

The centre-back faced England in the semi-final as a 79th-minute substitute.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Andersen’s strengths are not dissimilar to fellow centre-back and recent signing Guéhi. Both are ball-playing defenders who enjoy igniting attacking passages and being in possession. His passing accuracy of 98% in the Euros speaks of the 25-year-old’s ability with the ball at his feet.

Andersen is also dominant in the air due to his height and made 83 headed clearances from 31 Fulham league games.

Perhaps his standout game for the Cottagers came in a remarkable 1-0 win over Liverpool, in which Andersen earned Man of the Match for a string of impressive blocks and clearances.

Watch out for his raking passes to the wings, finding players with inch-perfect balls into space and starting attacks in tough-to-spot opportunities.