Even the most loyal Eintracht Frankfurt fan would tell you that the club haven’t possessed a player worth shouting about for the past 20-years or so.
The Hessen-based outfit are well known in German football for playing it safe, especially when it comes to their summer and winter transfer policy.
The most money that the Red and Blacks have seen exiting their bank account was when they financed the purchase of midfielder, Caio from Brazilian side Barueri for €4 million, an amount dwarfed by similar sized clubs around the world.
To put it into perspective, Premier League outfit, Everton who are pretty much the English equivalent of the Eagles, in terms of stadium capacity, advertising might and image broke their transfer record by spending £28 million to sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea.
As a result of the club’s unwillingness to put their hands into their pockets in order to bring quality into their squad, Frankfurt fans have had to put up with years of mediocre squads, relegation battles and more negative headlines than you could wave a stick at.
Although it might sound like I am trying to stipulate that Frankfurt have never caught the sight of a Grade A player bearing the iconic red and black stripes, there are times when chairman, Peter Fischer is more than happy to put out his feelers and sign a gifted individual on loan.
The most recent short-term flash of excitement to head to the Commerzbank Arena on loan is Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Piazon, who has recently arrived from Chelsea on a 12 month deal, and by god is he a reason for any Frankfurt fan to get excited about.
Since joining Chelsea in 2011, the 20-year-old has failed to make an impact in the first-team and only made three professional appearances before being sent out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for the entirety of the previous campaign.
The baby faced left-sided midfielder has now arrived in Frankfurt with a point to prove to his parent club, and is so far living up to this promise by starting the new Bundesliga campaign as one of Frankfurt’s best first-team players.
The former U17 Brazil international might have looked out of place amongst the likes of Frank Lampard, Oscar and Andre, Schϋrrle at Chelsea, but Piazon has already settled well into life at the Commerzbank Arena under the careful supervision of manager, Thomas Schaaf.
The youngster has brought Brazilian flare to the club, by injecting pace, creativity and skill into a Frankfurt side who in the past have looked just as stiff as a brand new pair of office shoes.
After only scoring 40 goals in 34 league games last season, Frankfurt were also in desperate need of signing an attacking player who could score the required amount to boast the Eagles up the Bundesliga table.
Perhaps it is fair to say that Piazon’s 90th minute winner in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 victory away to rock bottom Hamburg was an indication of what is to come from the gifted youngster.
To put it into so many words, not only scoring extravagant 30 yard free-kicks, but also enough crucial goals to ensure that Frankfurt reach their goal of qualifying for European football come the end of the season.
And who knows, if the Eagles are able to secure European football, thus coming up with money through TV and advertising, the club might just be able to sign Piazon on a permanent deal, news which would leave any Eintracht fan needing to reach for a stiff alcoholic drink.
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