Borussia Mönchengladbach have completed the signing of Tobias Strobl from 1899 Hoffenheim for the upcoming season. The 25-year-old defensive all-rounder joins on a free and has agreed a contract at the Fohlenelf running until June 2020.
“We’re delighted that a player with Tobias Strobl’s Bundesliga experience has chosen Borussia. He can play in several positions in defence and his character also fits in well here,” said Gladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl. Strobl made 21 second-division appearances while on loan at 1. FC Köln (1 goal), before returning to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, featuring in 80 top-flight matches to date (1 goal). “I have had three great years in Hoffenheim and am determined to bid farewell to them having avoided relegation. Then, once summer comes around, I will look forward to my new challenge in Mönchengladbach,” said the 25-year-old.
Strobl began his career at his hometown club SV Aubing and joined the youth setup at TSV 1860 Munich as an eleven-year-old. After working his way through the youth setup at the Lions, he made the step up to the U23s in 2009 and his Regionalliga debut followed in May of that year. After a total of 88 fourth-tier appearances for 1860 (6 goals), Strobl completed a move to Hoffenheim in summer 2011. He was a regular in their U23s team during his first season at the Kraichgau club, also making his Bundesliga debut in a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen on 11th February 2012. Strobl spent the 2012/13 campaign on loan at then second-division side 1. FC Köln, featuring in 21 league matches (1 goal).
That spell was his breakthrough at professional level, as he then returned to Hoffenheim and became a first-team regular. He made 29 Bundesliga appearances in 2013/14, 30 last season, and has featured 20 times in the current campaign. One of Strobl’s strengths is his versatility in defence, being able to play at centre back or right back, and as a holding midfielder. He often slips under the radar in matches, but his strength in the tackle and ability to win back possession makes him a key member of any team. “I’m not a technical wizard; I’m more of a hard worker who is full of fight,” said Strobl.