W.What does Donny van de Beek really do? It's been a while since I heard or saw anything from the Dutchman who, in football terms, was supposed to bring the stars from the sky to Frankfurt. But nothing came of it. Just a few games with Eintracht, that's all so far. In the last three Bundesliga games, the midfielder, who turned 27 in mid-April, has not had any ball.

The professional on loan from Manchester did not play a single game from start to finish with his new club. In mid-January, when van de Beek was in surprising 1-0 away win in Leipzig After his debut with Eintracht, his superiors spoke highly of him.

sports director Markus Krösche He had acted bravely during the winter transfer period when he had the opportunity to guide van de Beek to Eintracht. With an option to buy, the Dutchman was on loan until the end of the season and, before arriving in Frankfurt, there were already high hopes for him.

No assist, no scorer point

“Donny fits perfectly into our game idea and is an important piece of the puzzle for our team,” Krösche said in a sort of New Year's message when the loan deal was closed on January 1. “He brings a wealth of international experience that our young players will benefit from. Donny gives off scoring danger and, above all, should put our attackers in promising positions.”

The result to date: no attendance, no point, nothing. Will the change of course continue to be successful? This Tuesday you once again have the opportunity to meet the team Dino Toppmöller observing their playful work on the practice field. Donny van de Beek should be there too. It is important that the coach and his team prepare for the final stretch.

Six games remain, including four against the top four in the standings: Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, VfB Stuttgart and RB Leipzig. “A brutal program remaining,” he said Kevin Trapp after 1:1 against Werder Bremen. The goalkeeper has been one of the Eintracht professionals who has reached his performance potential in recent games.

Trapp is confident that something will happen when he returns to Europe again. He has respect for the judgments to come, but not fear. “We are not cannon fodder. “We can win too.” For example, on Saturday (6:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and at Sky) in Stuttgart. Under the direction of coach Sebastian Hoeneß, VfB is one of the positive surprises of this season along with the next champions Leverkusen and the indomitable newcomer Heidenheim.

However, Eintracht has fond memories of its last official match in the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg. In itThe previous DFB Cup campaign ended with a 3-2 victory a good year ago.. The victory in the semi-finals paved the way to Berlin. It was one of the last games of the then Eintracht coach, Oliver Glasner. Can his successor Toppmöller deliver a similar blow?

Sports director Krösche also took advantage of the last few days, surrounding the draw against Werder and the associated general discontent in the area, to strengthen Toppmöller's position for the future. “We took the opportunity to restructure the workforce so we can be successful in the coming years. We brought in a young coach. Keep in mind that all these changes take time. “To blame Dino alone and criticize him alone would not be correct.”

Toppmöller is looking forward to VfB and van de Beek hopes to return to a different role at some point.


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