Summary

  • Sulu has scored seven Bundesliga goals this season
  • The centre-back has been inspirational for Schuster's men
  • Darmstadt were promoted to the top flight only last summer

When SV Darmstadt 98 head coach Dirk Schuster recently referred to Aytac Sulu as "one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga", he was not exaggerating.

Darmstadt's no-nonsense skipper is one of the main reasons why the Lilies - back in the Bundesliga following a 33-year absence - have not spent a single second in the relegation zone in 2015/16 and go into the five remaining rounds of fixtures with a four-point cushion on the bottom three.

See for yourselves what the 30-year-old centre-back brings to the table by hitting the play button on the video above.

Season stats

  • Sulu is the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign's highest-scoring defender on seven goals.
  • He made his Bundesliga debut, aged 29.
  • The Heidelberg-born defender has won 64.4 per cent of his attempted challenges.

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