The departure of Guido Burgstaller (33) leaves a large gap in FC St. Pauli's attack.

After the departure of Guido Burgstaller, FC St. Pauli is lacking in attacking staff. Coach Schultz remains calm and is looking for alternatives.

The departure of Guido Burgstaller (33) leaves a large gap in FC St. Pauli’s attack. © Marcus Brandt/dpa

The rumor had persisted for weeks that the 33-year-old wanted to leave the club for personal reasons. After numerous talks and intensive negotiations, the Kiezkicker now reported completion.

However, the departure leaves a large gap in the offensive, not only because of his 18 goals in the previous season.

Even if Burgstaller didn’t score, he put himself at the service of the team, toiling and toiling on the pitch. He was an immensely important building block in the game of FC St. Pauli.

Guido Burgstaller leaves FC St. Pauli and moves to his home country
FC St Pauli
Guido Burgstaller leaves FC St. Pauli and moves to his home country

However, the transfer reveals another problem. Because not only the 33-year-old left the club, Maximilian Dittgen (27, to FC Ingolstadt 04) and Simon Makienok (31, still open) also had to go.

So there is a huge hole in the offensive. Nominally, there are currently only two strikers in the squad, Igor Matanovic (19, on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt) and Etienne Amenyido (23).

The personnel situation in the storm causes St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz (44) a headache.

The personnel situation in the storm causes St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz (44) a headache. © David Indian song / dpa

Coach Timo Schultz (44) remains calm. “Lukas Daschner (23) can do that, Carlo Boukhalfa (23) played extremely offensively in Regensburg,” he described the options and made another suggestion: “Jakov Medic (23) played up front at Wehen Wiesbaden.” The 44-year-old was certain that he would find what he was looking for.

According to his East Frisian nature, “Schulle” is still calm, the only question is for how long. He knows there’s still a long way to go before August 31, but he would still like to field a powerful squad for the second division opener against 1. FC Nürnberg (July 16 or 17).

Above all, he sees a need for the offensive: “I think the basis we have here is very, very good. And if we manage to strengthen it selectively, then as a coach I have nothing against it .”

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So far, however, there have been no accesses for the storm. The name Christoph Daferner (24) from Dynamo Dresden stuck around for a long time, but the attacker now seems more likely to switch to 1. FC Nürnberg than to Millerntor.

Sports director Andreas Bornemann (50) now has to deliver, especially with Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (26) the next departure on the offensive is imminent.

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