After Hamburger SV’s first win at FC Schalke 04 (3: 1), which was largely convincing, the Volkspark is naturally full of sunshine. But even this beautiful snapshot should not change anything in terms of the basic personnel planning of the people of Hamburg.
“In the middle or at the end of August there will be a few things on the tableau that you don’t even expect today.” Although these words from sports director Jonas Boldt are already a few weeks old (almost exactly three, to be precise), they have not lost their substance since then.
Of course, he is also happy about, among other things, an outstanding performance by his keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes. Or about the refreshing appearance of Ludovit Reis. Or about Robert Glatzel’s goal in his competitive game premiere for the Rothosen.
But at the same time the manager saw things that still need improvement. In general, the attitude “Everything is great, no changes necessary!” pretty much the stupidest thing Hamburg could do after their opening win.
In addition, it would be exactly the kind of “reaction” that the club has in the past – and by no means wrongly! – was accused again and again: namely to make yourself comfortable in the self-satisfaction bubble too quickly.
Therefore, I can honestly only smile tiredly at the statements of some fans that the search for a new goalkeeper could now be put aside. Seriously guys? What if “Ferro” comes out of the box a tad too slowly in the next game and flies off the pitch with a red card?
Again, we’re talking about professional football. This also means that everyone has to constantly prove themselves anew. Also a Daniel Heuer Fernandes. And also after a great performance like against S04.
Issuing a free ticket to the HSV player, who was certainly outstanding on Friday, would be exactly the mistake that the same people who are now demanding that the club keep their legs still in terms of transfer technology have been constantly warning in recent years.
It’s not as if Heuer Fernandes could be surprised. According to Tim Walter, the current number one in the can of Hamburg is involved in the personnel planning insofar as he knows that the club will be active again in this position.
Whether it’s an Oliver Christensen, an Örjan Nyland or someone else. And by the way: in the form of Friday, the German-Portuguese doesn’t need to be afraid of a duel for the place in the goal of the Hanseatic League, but can go into it with full self-confidence.
Competition is good for business. Also in the internal relationship of a soccer team. After a (speculative) failure of Heuer Fernandes on the coming match days (be it due to suspension or injury), who would complain the loudest about the fact that the club in this neuralgic position was negligent with a 19-year-old talent without any professional experience ( Oppermann) wants to compensate for such a loss?
Exactly: It would be the same who, under the impression of the opening game, advise the club against getting a new goalkeeper. That just goes to the sometimes absurd world of thoughts of some fans.
But the current personnel situation is also likely to change in other positions in the coming weeks.
The hottest candidate for a move this summer is clearly Amadou Onana. The Belgian himself has already made it clear that he wants to leave the club after just one year.
He should. If the rumored six million euros that the French sensation champion OSC Lille should be willing to pay (HSV still requires at least eight!), It would be negligent not to worry about it.
Or not to bag the deal as quickly as possible (the clubs are likely to come to an agreement in the golden mean, i.e. at seven million).
In all honesty: Onana has never convinced me as much as some other observers. The fact that his constant problems with receiving the ball did not matter much more often in the past season was also due to his long legs, with which he was often just able to regain balls that had bounced off.
Sure, the man is 1.95 meters tall and has a lot of guard and physical strength. And you won’t be the captain of the Belgian U21 team by drawing lots. I mean: the 19-year-old naturally has a lot of potential to become a really good kicker in the future.
But we are still in speculative space. Football history is peppered to the brim with huge talents, who at the end of the day did not follow up on their advance praise. Also in Hamburg. Isn’t that right, Mr Arp?
And what a dissatisfied player, who is mentally no longer in Hamburg, can have negative effects on the whole squad, has not least had to suffer from HSV in recent years with unpleasant regularity.
Travelers, it is said, should not be stopped. And if this is opposed by a contractual constellation as in the Onana case (still tied to the diamond until 2024), but at the same time financial constraints leave little room for alternative patterns of action, you should just be happy about six or seven or more million euros in transfer income – and you take while the offer is on the table.
In any case, I do not see the HSV significantly weakened in terms of sport with an Onana departure. His three goals last season (with not a single assist!) Then simply have to be distributed across shoulders.
A goalkeeper and a six are likely to come. In addition, after the departures of Aaron Hunt and Xavier Amaechi, the Hamburgers are still missing a classic ten and (at least) one winger.
There is no question that Jeremy Dudziak could play the role of gambler. The problem: too much of the German-Tunisian has moved in the subjunctive in recent years.
The 25-year-old is going into his third season in Hamburg. He does this – again – with injury concerns and now has to catch up on his stamina. Loss of discipline at the end of last season (under Hrubesch) also cost him a lot of sympathy points in the club. A sale (his contract runs until 2022) is not excluded here either.
To stay with the grammatical picture: Xavier Amaechi would be called subjunctive II in this sense.
I do not want to deny that the makers at the decision-making level saw something with the former Arsenal player that led them to the payment of at least 2.5 million euros.
But so far Amaechi has never been able to even begin to meet the expectations placed in him. And two years have passed since his arrival. Even before this recently started season, those responsible did not seem to be really convinced that the 20-year-old Englishman could play a major role in Tim Walter’s system.
Result: renewed loan. After his unsustainable stay in Karlsruhe, the winger is now returning to his English homeland (Bolton Wanderers) by summer 2022.
Speaking of wingers: Aaron Opoku (22), who was previously praised as a super talent, doesn’t seem to have made the jump from youngsters to professional business yet. In any case, the Hamburg native has not yet played a role under Tim Walter.
Yes, even more than that: in the friendly against Silkeborg IF (1-0), the 45-year-old coach Opoku took on the right-back position. Not without complaining at the same time about not having any wingers of stature.
Here, too, a loan seems to be the (for the time being) best way out of the dilemma. Strictly speaking, HSV would have to act twice on the offensive wings. Because a Bakery Jatta has only performed very sporadically for about a year and a half.
He also showed his two faces in the opening game at Schalke: almost invisible in the first round, the Gambier turned up in the second 45 minutes – and even rewarded himself with the goal to make it 3-1.
But only 50 percent proof of work at an acceptable level is simply not enough in the long run for a club like HSV. FC Bayern Munich may be able to “drag through” one or the other player – an HSV must avoid this at all costs.
Which brings us to the remaining candidates for a farewell this summer: Klaus Gjasula and Toni Leistner.
The former has fallen back to the last place in the hierarchy of defensive midfielders. At least since last Friday, when a player named Maximilian Rohr, who was signed up for the second substitute last year, was finally able to show why HSV paid Carl Zeiss Jena 200,000 euros.
Toni Leistner, on the other hand, has become a victim of the changed direction of play under Walter. Or to put it more clearly: in the playfully demanding system of the new trainer, Leistner, with his speed and ball processing deficits, slipped all the way back.
Bearing in mind the facts that the newcomer Sebastian Schonlau and high-flyer Jonas David have done a solid job at Schalke, with the said Rohr, all-rounder Heyer and (in perspective) Stephan Ambrosius, three other alternatives for central defense should be available The ex-Unioner also thinks about the future in Hamburg.
Incidentally, the contracts of both Gjasula and Leistner expire next year. Since both came to HSV free of charge, a sale of the two is not a must from a purely economic point of view, but for team-hygienic reasons (after all, they have lost their former status as pillar players), it could appear advisable.