Simon Terodde crystallizes – unsurprisingly – as the Schalke commitment of the summer. That is also, but not only, due to his numerous hits. The second division veteran brings in a lot more at S04.
When Simon Terodde moved to Schalke 04 before the start of the season, some fans feared a drop in performance for the gifted second division goalscorer. After all, the S04 offensive of the last few years was not exactly known for a furious play with numerous scoring chances – to put it in a friendly way.
As a center forward, there seemed to be a risk that he would not work for the Gelsenkirchen team in the 2nd Bundesliga for the first time. Worries that have long since vanished into dust. His quota at the start of the season is already very impressive: In the previous six league games he has already scored seven goals and prepared two more.
It is now regularly referred to as life insurance for Schalke, but also for Dimitrios Grammozis. After all, his goals and the points connected with them mask the still lack of progress in his own possession. The team is still too dependent on their high, individual quality.
Of course, it is primarily the hits that make Terodde so important for Royal Blue. Philipp Hofmann, striker at Karlsruher SC, carried it out these days in view of the duel on Friday evening (via WAZ): “He has good teammates at Schalke, but sometimes you get the feeling that Terodde can turn shit into gold.”
And this is exactly where the next point is. The 33-year-old is not dependent on numerous or centimeter-accurate passes. He has long since shown that he is not just the one who holds out his foot a meter in front of the gate.
The best example of the 3-1 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. He gets the ball half way up in front of the sixteen and is passed a little inaccurately, but can process it directly and apparently pull it off without any problems. The ball flies into the corner and the game is over.
The fact that he can process such passes so well is not only important for the shot on goal. For his teammates, it is a safe bet as a point of reference. Several times per game you can observe how Terodde acts as a target player at the top – even when building your own game. His team knows: the ball is safe with him.
He then controls the feeds, shields them in an exemplary manner from, in some cases, several opponents, and can pass them on at the right moment. He has already been able to collect three assists across all competitions and initiate a few attacks. That makes him very important on the field not only as a goalscorer, but also as a passport point.
Of course, his experience is also an aspect that helps him and thus also the team. There is nothing that the attacker has not already experienced – especially in the 2nd division. This way he doesn’t become insecure, he can remain level-headed and correctly assess the games, processes and form curves.
There was also praise from the coach recently: “With Simon, the calm age plays a role. He knows that he has to be patient, even if he’s not in the game for half a time.”
If you combine all these aspects, it is not surprising that Terodde also acts as a leader at Schalke. He welds an almost entirely new team together and can literally stand by their side with advice and action. So on the pitch, through his performances, playing roles and, above all, goals. But also off the field, through his experience, mentality and calm.