When 1. FC Köln sorted out their offensive player Louis Schaub in winter, HSV took advantage of the hour and brought the Austrian to the Elbe. The commitment of the speed dribbler was celebrated everywhere as a coup. Right? Jonas Boldt didn't even try to put the brakes on euphoria. "At first we could not believe that such an actor had come onto the market," said the sports director of the red trousers, after Louis Schaub's loan was closed.
The mission for the midfielder is clear: In the remaining 16 league games, Schaub is to help lead Hamburger SV back to the 1.Bundesliga after two bitter years in the lower house. A look at confirms that he is best suited for this task The preseason: With three goals and 13 (!) assists, the 25-year-old played a decisive role in the rise in Cologne. The Effzeh environment was all the more surprised when trainer Markus Gisdol decided in December not to continue without a look. National team player in the first half of the season never achieved his previously outstanding performance, but in terms of football, he was always beyond any doubt. Correspondingly, there is great hope in Hamburg that they have landed a transfer coup. Freigeist Schaub could solve the creative knot at HSV According to media reports, HSV has secured a purchase option for the summer, there is talk of 2.6 million euros. The money would probably be invested well, and even if Schaub has not yet played a competitive game for his new employer, it is reasonable to assume that he could be the missing piece of the puzzle in the ascent battle. Because: When it comes to playfulness, the team of coach Dieter Hecking still has room for improvement, Hamburg's 31 points after 18 games may be a decent basis for defending second place in the second half of the season or even climbing. In winter, however, the sporting trend went in the wrong direction. Only one win from the last seven matches is simply not enough for the demands of the red trousers. In the truest sense of the word, a central problem at HSV: captain and game designer Aaron Hunt is constantly injured. Without the impetus of the veteran, the team seems calculable. Freigeist Schaub could solve this creative knot, which is why Schaub got on the siding at 1. FC KölnWhat makes the left foot so valuable for HSV is his carefree. Schaub is not afraid of one-on-one, nor the conclusion from a distance. In addition, there is an almost infectious joy to play.Why the last one hardly appeared at 1. FC Köln can not be finally clarified. One explanation is that the Schaub, who grew up with the Austrian record champion Rapid Wien, did not adequately meet the high physical demands of the Bundesliga, and the pace is one floor below. For Schaub, who likes to pull up from the right wing and push towards the penalty area, this is definitely not a disadvantage. Schaub deal as a classic win-win-win situation In Hamburg, no one doubts the suitability of the 25-year-old anyway. On the contrary: Schaub is already a beacon of hope for the rest of the second half of the season, which starts on 30 January with a home game against 1. FC Nürnberg. Dieter Hecking has ordered his prominent new signing against the club directly into the starting line-up for sure. In the course of the training camp in Portugal, Schaub already indicated his skills. The coach promptly praised his "enormous understanding of football". So the deal could be a classic win-win-win situation: For 1. FC Köln, who gave up a possible trouble spot in the relegation battle, for Schaub, who made it through can recommend regular game practice in Hamburg for an EM ticket, and of course for HSV, which has a new trump card in the narrow promotion race: Heiko Lütkehus