Jeremiah 'Jerry' St. Juste has been playing cat and mouse with opposition Bundesliga players since making the switch to Mainz in summer 2019. bundesliga.com has the skinny on the high-speed Dutchman...
Country: Netherlands (9 U21 caps, 1 goal)
Born in Groningen, St. Juste actually came through the youth academy of fierce city rivals Heerenveen. 'Jerry', as he’s known by his teammates, spent 13 years with the club between the ages of seven and 20 before switching to Dutch giants Feyenoord. He made 50 appearances in total for the Rotterdam outfit, including five in the UEFA Champions League, and scored six goals.
St. Juste spent most of his time with Feyenoord at right-back, but has played every game so far for Mainz in the centre of defence. The 5'10" Netherlands youth international netted his maiden Bundesliga goal on Matchday 4, heading home from a corner against Hertha Berlin to give Mainz their first win of the season, and is averaging a highly impressive 95 per cent for successful passes from open play.
Better still, St. Juste has clocked the fastest speed of any Bundesliga defender in 2019/20. His eye-watering pace of 22.1mph is also the second quickest of any player in the league, bettered only by Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. Poor Tom will never catch him...
Watch: Skip to 01:33 to relive St. Juste's first ever Bundesliga goal!
Plays a bit like: Benjamin Pavard
St. Juste was given licence to roam at Feyenoord, and could often be be seen joining the attack in central areas in a manner typically associated with a box-to-box midfielder. His versatility has enabled him to make the transition from right- to centre-back at Mainz, drawing favourable comparisons with Bundesliga contemporary, Benjamin Pavard - Bayern's French World Cup winner.
Did you know?
St Juste's move to the Bundesliga was something that he joked about with former Feyenoord teammate Jean-Paul Boetius while on holiday over the summer. Weeks later, the beach-side banter became a reality.
The Mainz duo won the 2018 Dutch Cup and back-to-back Dutch Supercups during their time together in Rotterdam.
What they're saying
"Jerry is strong, quick and an intelligent footballer." - Mainz head coach, Sandro Schwarz
"Sure I can play at right-back, but I've joined Mainz to play in central defence." - St. Juste