Jordan Beyer is a homegrown Borussia Mönchengladbach player, and in the summer he was loaned out by the Foals to FC Burnley in the second English division. There, the central defender became a top performer and rose to the Premier League with coach Vincent Kompany’s team. Gladbach now has a much-needed windfall – and the DFB-Elf a new defender.
The author of these lines was certain in the usual razor-sharp SPOX forecasts before the start of the current Bundesliga season that Borussia Mönchengladbach would be the team of the season. It’s over in five weeks, but for the foals it’s basically already now. Gladbach is in tenth place in no man’s land in the table, exactly where they were at the end of the previous year. Nothing goes up or down.
So the team from the Lower Rhine was far from being the team of the season. The highlight of the year under coach Daniel Farke will have been the 3-2 home win against FC Bayern Munich, but that was sandwiched between a 4-1 defeat at Hertha BSC and a 4-0 loss in Mainz.
Gladbach have personified a lot of mediocrity in recent months and if you were heretical, you could say that in hindsight the best performance of the season was already accomplished on September 1st, the final day of the summer transfer window. That’s when Jordan Beyer was handed over.
The homegrown, who joined Borussia U15s in 2015 and became the 25th foal from his own stable since 2004 to make his professional debut, went on loan to Burnley FC at the time. The central defender was not used by Farke on the first four Bundesliga matchdays, so he expressed his wish for more playing time to the club.
Jordan Beyer and the “top loan” to Burnley FC
It wasn’t the first time Gladbach had loaned out Beyer. He already played for Hamburger SV in the second half of the 2019/20 Corona season. In the summer of 2021, only Stefan Lainer’s broken ankle prevented Beyer from entering into a loan deal with Werder Bremen.
What has happened to Beyer at Burnley since the start of the season is “exactly what we imagined”, as sporting director Roland Virkus called the “top loan”. What happened was what all clubs imagine when they loan out a player: Beyer promptly became a regular player in England’s second division and got better with every game. With six games to go, the Clarets could no longer be denied promotion to the Premier League.
In the north of the island, Beyer has made 35 competitive appearances (one goal, two assists). He has only managed one more game for Gladbach since 2018. Coach Vincent Kompany called him into the starting XI 34 times, which was only the case 16 times last year under Adi Hütter.
Jordan Beyer benefits from Vincent Kompany
Even under the former Gladbach coach, Beyer developed from game to game and got better, but his big problem was the regular injuries. The 22-year-old sustained eight injuries with the foals alone. In Burnley, Beyer only missed four games due to muscular problems and a torn muscle fiber.
The seven-time U21 international made admirable use of the remainder of the season to take his development to the next level. The match practice in the championship hardened him, Beyer now plays even more physically and has acquired a healthy level of competition toughness.
It certainly helped that in Kompany there was a coach on the sidelines who was once an outstanding defender himself. “He was a big reason why Burnley was so attractive to me,” said Beyer. “Learning from him is worth its weight in gold for a player like me at my age. How to walk the opponent and make life easier as a defender, everything is explained in great detail. I’m grateful that I can take that with me.”
Jordan Beyer at Burnley: The most successful passing player in the Championship
His Belgian coach has given Beyer a spot in the Championship’s recent central defence, playing football that is unusual for this league but has totally dominated it. Burnley plays a lot of passes and has high ball possession values, which suits Beyer’s player profile very well.
The German is the most reliable player in the league and also has the highest number of passes. This gives him an essential role in the team’s build-up game. Unlike many English second division teams, Beyer plays short balls more often than long balls and, thanks to his strength in dribbling, usually finds good solutions. In addition, he is characterized by his understanding of the game, ball security, overview, anticipation as well as his pace and athleticism.
So it would be a moderate miracle given those skills and the performances they’ve had if Burnley aren’t keen on keeping Beyer at Turf Moor. The northern Englishmen would have to shell out 15 million euros if they took the purchase option. That should be feasible with around 200 million euros in revenue that the rise will bring.
Gladbach could use money for Jordan Beyer
However, Burnley is currently still prevented from signing Beyer by a transfer ban from the English association. The club had submitted documents late but justified this with the change of auditor and are confident the penalty will not stand. “I assume it was an administrative error and that is now being corrected. We are on the right track. We have prepared everything to do what we want to do and we are preparing for the summer no worries,” said Kompany recently.
Even if Gladbach’s squad is well stocked, especially in defence, it would be a good signal for the club after the numerous free transfers of players such as Matthias Ginter, Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini if homegrown Beyer returned to Borussia Park.
But Gladbach has accumulated a loss of over 56 million euros in the past three years, so the 15 million could very well be used. At the recent general meeting, Virkus hinted that selling Beyers would be in the club’s interest: “We’re proud that we’ve been able to develop a player from the academy who might now help us transform the squad.”
Jordan Beyer is known as “Beckenbeyer” in England
It is considered highly likely that the deal will go ahead. It would be a deal with three winners: Gladbach would get a lot of money, Burnley would keep a top performer and Beyer could even be the focus of national coach Hansi Flick with his Premier League experience.
“I feel very comfortable in Burnley. It’s fun and I really like being here. It’s the best form I’ve had in my career so far. I’ll do everything to keep it going,” said “Beckenbeyer”, how he is already called in England, which is known for nicknames.
At Borussia you should see his departure with a laughing and a crying eye. The same applies to the authors: after all, a Gladbacher was in a team of the season.
Jordan Beyer and his statistics at Burnley FC in the 2022/23 season