Geordie fact. The classy centre back was sidelined with a knee injury towards the end of last season but has excelled in his time with United since joining from Lille ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, forming a fine partnership with Fabian Schär in central defence.
Country of BirthNetherlands
Date of Birth12.01.2000
Date of Debut06.08.2022

The Magpies fought off competition from a host of European sides to secure the signature of the Dutchman, who penned a five-year contract with the club having won the Ligue 1 title and the Trophée des Champions during his two seasons in France.

Botman graduated from the famed Academy set-up at Ajax before - following a loan spell with Heerenveen - he joined Lille, where he played in the Champions League and Europa League. He has captained the Netherlands at under-21 level and has received a number of call-ups to the senior squad.

He enjoyed a fine first season on Tyneside in 2022/23, establishing himself at the heart of United's defence and helping Eddie Howe's side reach the Carabao Cup final and qualify for the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League. The following season was tougher for the young stopper as a knee injury curtailed his progress, but he remains a crucial part of the Magpies' backline.

Sven Botman

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