With no future in Italy, Amin Younes went to Eintracht Frankfurt in October. In the meantime he has really arrived and recently contributed to the clear upward trend – which promptly earned him special praise from coach Adi Hütter.
Eintracht Frankfurt has loaned Amin Younes from SSC Napoli for two years at the end of the summer transfer phase. There he had no future with a long-term contract. Since the playing times and football were more important to him, he reportedly even waived about half of his salary in order to make the step back into the Bundesliga and thus the loan for his new club possible in the first place.
Unsurprisingly, the offensive player first needed one or the other game to gradually gain a foothold again. After a forced break due to a coronavirus infection and a subsequent injury, he has been fully back since mid-December – and knows how to convince his teammates and his coach.
“He’s a difference player, a professional that we haven’t had in that form,” said Adi Hütter last weekend (via Sport1). With the 2-0 win against Mainz 05, Eintracht achieved their third Bundesliga win in a row, the last defeat was on December 11 against VfL Wolfsburg – the last game in the last few weeks in which Younes was not in the Starting eleven. Since then: a draw, then the three successes.
Hütter continued: “His initial spark resulted in the 1-0. He gives us a lot of joy and fun. Amin is not only a great person, but also a great kicker.” Words that players don’t hear too often from their coaches, after all, such special praise is extremely rare. For the 27-year-old, for whom Frankfurt has a purchase option, this currently seems appropriate.
On the offensive, this is also statistically noticeable: For example, he is in 17th place in the league for successful dribbles (66.7 percent) and 29th in shots at the opposing goal (via ligainsider). If you consider how many players from the European squares are already eligible for this, and how mixed it was for the SGE until late winter, these numbers are all the more impressive.
“There is a lot of instinct for me, I always try to be creative, I play at my own pace. Nevertheless, when I move backwards, I try to be tactically disciplined and to keep order,” Younes himself explained to the Frankfurt Rundschau. He also emphasized how important it was to him to make a good and nice impression off the pitch. This impression has apparently already solidified with his coach.