Sheraldo Becker has hit top form down the back straight for Union Berlin. - © Imago/ DFL
Sheraldo Becker has hit top form down the back straight for Union Berlin. - © Imago/ DFL
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Sheraldo Becker: Who is MD33's Man of the Matchday propelling Union Berlin back to Europe?

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Union Berlin's versatile forward, Sheraldo Becker, was adding to his goal and assist stats once more over the weekend as the capital club made sure of a European finish. But who is the Dutch-born, Suriname international setting The Irons alight?

Sheraldo Becker

Age: 27
Club: Union Berlin
Position: Winger, forward
Country: Suriname (Five caps, two goals)

Key stats 

Currently in his third season at Die Eisernen, Becker is enjoying his finest campaign to date. Involved in three of Union's goals in their convincing 4-1 Matchday 33 win against Champions League chasers Freiburg, the Amsterdam-born attacker brought his goals tally up to four for the campaign with a 41st-minute strike against Christian Streich's side. Becker now also boasts a season-best six assists with Union in the Bundesliga.

A product of the world-renowned Ajax youth system, Becker enjoyed several loan moves before earning a transfer to Ado Den Haag in 2016. It was in his final season at the Dutch outfit - when he netted seven goals and laid on 10 assists in 33 Eredivisie appearances - that he drew the attention of his current club.

Newly promoted in 2019, the Köpenick club moved for the powerful player who had largely impressed as pacy right winger, the position in which he has played some 167 times during his career to date. Union coach, Urs Fischer, has at times enjoyed deploying Becker up front this term, where he has formed a formidable partnership with Taiwo Awoniyi, the in-form striker who has registered 13 goals in 2021/22.

Watch: Becker with a goal of the season contender on Matchday 25

Plays a bit like: Timo Werner

Excellent close control, a frightening burst of pace that can take him past stunned defenders and capable of subtle finishes as well as net-busting rockets: Becker boasts many of the characteristics of former RB Leipzig star and current Chelsea forward, Timo Werner.

Did you know? 

Becker represented the Netherlands at various youth levels but later decided to change allegiances to Suriname, the place of his parents' birth. The forward scored twice on his debut for the South American nation in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bermuda in 2021.

What they're saying

"The boy's doing well; he creates opportunities for us, has opportunities himself, and scores goals." - Union coach Fischer offers his take on the team's No. 27

"In the beginning it was difficult because we had never played together. It was also difficult for me because I played more as a winger and rarely as a striker, so I had to learn new things. Now we work very well together. Now it only takes a very quick look between us, and then I know exactly what he's up to and where he wants to run to." - Becker on his new-found strike partnership with Awoniyi

"You've played a bigger role since Max Kruse's surprising move." - German publication Der Tagesspiegel puts it to Becker that his importance at Union has grown since Kruse's winter move back to Wolfsburg.