Stuttgart (AP) – He brought Eintracht back into the game. But is he bringing them back to Europe? It was André Silva who ushered in the storm and stress phase in Frankfurt on Saturday in the 61st minute with his connecting goal.
It was he who, after a 2-0 break at VfB Stuttgart, paved the way for Hessians to a 2-2 draw. It is he who has been responsible for the most target threat at Eintracht for weeks. But he alone is not enough to fulfill the Bundesliga football team’s hopes for a return to international business.
“Ten points are okay at the moment,” said Frankfurt sports director Bruno Huebner after the draw at VfB. “We dropped points in other games.” Against Werder Bremen (1: 1) for example. Or rather at 1. FC Köln (1: 1). Without striker Silva, who scored in both games, there might have been more points. The Portuguese was directly involved in six of the ten goals in Frankfurt this season. Since the restart after Corona’s pre-season hiatus, he has scored 13 goals in 17 league games. You can rely on the 25-year-old.
Currently only for him. Striker colleague Bas Dost and playmaker Daichi Kamada wait for a goal as long as the whole team waits for a win: four games. Even with the strongly promoted VfB, the duo barely came to significant deals. Defender David Abraham equalized in the 75th minute. In the first half, his team was “not consistent enough for goal” and “missed making a profit on the mistakes made by the Stuttgart team,” said Eintracht coach Adi Hütter. Only after half time, when it was clearly behind with goals from Nicolas Gonzalez (17th minute, penalty kick) and Gonzalo Castro (37th), was it “more grippy and more aggressive”.
Aymen Barkok played a major role in this. The 22-year-old entered the field in the second half, providing a noticeable new impetus and preparing the guests’ two goals. “He’s actually a protagonist,” said Hütter. But he has already “done very well on the side twice,” said the coach. “It is very nice to watch him now.” Barkok wasn’t the bank’s only pick-up service. Amin Younes also did well as a joker. And in the closing minutes Filip Kostic celebrated his return after a long injury.
Is it this trio that Silva can relieve in the future? “He’s still getting his games,” said Younes’ Hütter. “He hasn’t played for almost two years. I think what we’re doing with him now is just the right thing to do, that he sporadically gets more and more playing minutes.” So the 27-year-old needs a little more time to get going. Just like Kostic. And just like the whole team, week after week.
“Today she again proved that she has character and mentality”, said Coach Hütter after the match in Stuttgart. That their attacking play is sometimes too slow and one-dimensional and the dependence on goalscorer Silva is enormous. For now, Eintracht is in the no man’s land of the Bundesliga table, but not really on course for Europe.