The arrival of Vincent Koziello has revived Cologne's hopes of beating the drop. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
The arrival of Vincent Koziello has revived Cologne's hopes of beating the drop. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Bundesliga

Bundesliga Rookie Award by Tag Heuer, March candidate: Cologne's Vincent Koziello

He may only stand at 5'6" (168 cm), but what Vincent Koziello lacks in height he more than makes up for with towering displays in Cologne's midfield, enough to earn him a nomination for March's Bundesliga Rookie Award by Tag Heuer.

The 22-year-old only joined the Billy Goats during the winter break from OGC Nice, but he has already established himself as a pillar of Stefan Ruthenbeck's side.

Watch: Vincent Koziello - March Rookie of the Month candidate

The Frenchman's breakthrough came in March, starting his first Bundesliga game in a 2-1 win away to RB Leipzig and netting his first goal in that fixture to level the score at 1-1.

Koziello is a hard worker (averaging 7.89 miles per game), at ease in possession (93 per cent pass completion) and robust in the tackle (wining 56 per cent of all duels), making it no surprise that Cologne's upturn in form and results have coincided with his presence in the side.

"I've never been the biggest player so I've had to find other ways to establish myself," said the France Under-21 international, who can play both in defensive and attacking midfield. "I have to be more alert, see things further in advance and be more intelligent."

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