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Of: Jan Christian Muller

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Mainz 05 builds on Dominik Kohr, Danny da Costa and Aymen Barkok, who are no longer needed at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Mainz ‒ Recently, after the 5-0 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg, Bo Svensson’s eleven-year-old son Alfred was seriously concerned. That was something like this: “Dad, do you know if you’re fired now?” Of course, the Mainz 05 coach is still called Bo Svensson. And this Bo Svensson, who has just come from the hairdresser and is still suffering from the pollen count of the dry spring on the Rhine, is counting on more Eintracht Frankfurt at Mainz 05 than ever before. On Saturday (May 14) the local rivals will meet in the Bundesliga.

Three professionals from the Main metropolis are zero fivers, are they already or have already been: Dominik Kohr, committed on Thursday (May 12) after two loans for three million euros, Danny da Costa, last season as a loan player one of the guarantors of the Mainz relegation, and Aymen Barkok, the eternal talent that Adi Hütter and Oliver Glasner, one after the other, are almost desperate for.

Aymen Barkok 64 games for Eintracht No game for Mainz yet
Danny da Costa 129 games for Eintracht 16 games for Mainz
Dominik Kohr 49 games for Eintracht 40 games for Mainz

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Barkok never made the final breakthrough

Svensson dares to use the technically gifted but erratic Barkok profitably. It is now up to the native of Frankfurt, who was the last Eintracht player to make the leap from Riederwald to a professional in 2016, to go beyond the role in Mainz that noble reservist Kevin Stöger had previously held in Barkok’s position. The Austrian, whose contract is expiring, has a starting XI quota of three percent and a proportion of minutes played of 13 percent. Barkok’s current values ​​​​at Eintracht: six percent starting eleven quota, five percent minutes of play. These values ​​​​of the 23-year-old should be expandable in Mainz. In any case, sporting director Martin Schmidt is looking forward to a “technically highly talented attacking midfielder who will also fit in perfectly with Mainz 05 in terms of his style and mentality”. There’s no question mark anywhere.

This is certainly not the case with Dominik Kohr. The 28-year-old has felt at home at Mainz 05 since his move in winter 2020/21 and shows everything there that was expected of him at Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019, but had seen too seldom. The relentlessly defending defensive midfielder is the ultimate Bo Svensson player. One who has all the virtues that make Mainz 05 what it is. “I’m very pleased that we were able to sign Domme on a permanent basis,” says the coach.

Mainz sports director Schmidt looks at Europe

The Mainzers remember Danny da Costa as a much more extroverted type, who offered top performances in Mainz that he was not able to confirm in Frankfurt this season. But why are the 05ers bringing back the 28-year-old right-back when Switzerland’s Silvain Widmer has done quite impressively in da Costa’s accustomed position. Sports director Schmid explains: “If the development with Bo continues like this, then there could be more for us in the future.” So more than a secured midfield place. In other words: Participation in a European competition.

Says goodbye in Frankfurt and hires in Mainz: Danny da Costa. © dpa

In the “top season” that is now coming to an end, says Schmidt, “we weren’t ready for that”. A main reason according to the Swiss: the quality of the squad, which should be increased. The da Costa free transfer goes in that direction. With Widmer, the returnee should fight a duel at eye level on the right flank. “We want a strong team,” says Svensson, “that means competition everywhere.”

Mainz 05 announce further transfers

Schmidt announces accordingly: “We will add two or three other positions. Certainly also in the offensive area and in the storm to become more variable. You have already seen what is at the core of this team.”

What veteran Stefan Bell confirms on the one hand: “In terms of performance alone, we could have scored a few more points this season.” On the other hand, the defender warns: “We should be realistic about our chances in the coming season.” With Schalke, Werder and/or Hamburger SV, Bell expects more pressure from behind. One or the other climber will “rank in terms of financial possibilities with a high degree of probability above us”.

That’s why Bell demands: “One should be careful not to set too high expectations on us after a good season. That wouldn’t be justified and wouldn’t do us any good.” The defense chief’s prognosis: “It will probably be an extremely tough fight in a brutally balanced league.” (Jan Christian Müller)

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