A reunion with his former Darmstadt coach, Markus Anfang, took place at Werder in the summer. His second spell under Anfang began with an injury before becoming a regular in defensive midfield. “I was always a versatile player, even as a youth player. I can play in every position and just try to help the team,” explained Rapp, who has played in the centre of defence for the majority of his career to date.
It’s also no secret that despite his defensive abilities, Rapp knows where the goal is. With a goal and assist to his name this season, Werder’s number 23 has already had an impact going forward. “I set myself the target of scoring five goals last season and I’m aiming for the same this season. Hopefully I can get a few assists as well.” Maybe on his return to Darmstadt this weekend.