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Eintracht Frankfurt has strengthened well in the summer. One player in particular stands out, says expert Jan Aage Fjörtoft.

Frankfurt – For Eintracht Frankfurt comes the long winter break due to the World Cup 2022 actually inconvenient. Because recently the team played in a real frenzy, brought great performances to the pitch. The reward: spending the winter in the Champions League and in the DFB Cup, fourth place in the Bundesliga. A record that is quite impressive.

The reasons for this are numerous. On the one hand there are the newcomers, who caused a sensation from the start, or the further development of some players like Jesper Lindström. He made another big leap in the summer. Of course, coach Oliver Glasner and his team also played their part, as did Sebastian Rode and Kevin Trapp, for example, who stand for continuity at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Randal Kolo Muani makes a vertical start at Eintracht Frankfurt

Former player Jan Aage Fjörtoft only found words of praise for the development of the club in his column about Eintracht Frankfurt – and raved about Randal Kolo Muani in particular. The 23-year-old Frenchman came to SGE from FC Nantes on a free transfer in the summer and made a vertical start straight away. “Randal Kolo Muani would get the ‘Best Transfer of the Year’ award from me if there was an award,” writes Fjörtoft in the picture.

But that’s not all: “What he has achieved is sensational. I never thought he’d hit like that. I don’t just mean his goals. I always judge players by their presence on the pitch, and Randal’s is really great,” writes Fjörtoft. Incidentally, the French national coach Didier Deschamps also noticed this, which is why he nominated the striker from Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2022 World Cup.

Eintracht Frankfurt: Is Randal Kolo Muani the better transfer than Sadio Mané?

The column is quite provocatively titled: “Frankfurt star better transfer than Mané”. But could that even be true? So far, the bare numbers speak for Kolo Muani. Because he was already able to collect 14 points, he is fourth in the Bundesliga, Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Marcus Thuram are ahead of him with the same number of points. Only Jamal Musiala (15 points) from FC Bayern Munich collected more. Sadio Mané currently has nine points, he scored six goals and prepared three.

These are the record transfers at Eintracht Frankfurt

Luka Jovic left Eintracht in 2019 for the record fee of 63 million euros for Real Madrid.
Luka Jovic left Eintracht in 2019 for the record fee of 63 million euros for Real Madrid. © Roland Krivec/imago
Sebastien Haller - another part of the Buffalo herd - also joined West Ham United in 2019 for €50m.
Sebastien Haller – another part of the Buffalo herd – also joined West Ham United in 2019 for €50m. © DeFodi/imago
André Silva left Eintracht in 2021 and went to RB Leipzig for 23 million euros.
André Silva left Eintracht in 2021 and went to RB Leipzig for 23 million euros. © Jan Huebner/imago
Kevin Trapp joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 for €9.5million before returning three years later.
Kevin Trapp joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 for €9.5million before returning three years later. © Rene Traut/Sven Simon/imago
Eintracht received 8.8 million euros for Carlos Salcedo. He moved to Mexico to join Tigres UANL in 2019.
Eintracht received 8.8 million euros for Carlos Salcedo. He moved to Mexico to join Tigres UANL in 2019. © Peter Schatz/imago
Luka Jovic is not only record breaking, but also access. Eintracht paid a total of 22.34 million to Benfica in 2019.
Luka Jovic is not only record breaking, but also access. Eintracht paid a total of 22.34 million to Benfica in 2019. © Uwe Anspach/dpa
Sebastien Haller bought Eintracht from FC Utrecht in 2017 for 12 million. He was the record signing at the time.
Sebastien Haller bought Eintracht from FC Utrecht in 2017 for 12 million. He was the record signing at the time. © Eberhard Thonfeld/imago
Eintracht Frankfurt transferred 10 million euros to Young Boys Bern for Djibril Sow in 2019.
Eintracht Frankfurt transferred 10 million euros to Young Boys Bern for Djibril Sow in 2019. © Mutsu Kawamori/imago
Football 1st Bundesliga 17th matchday Eintracht Frankfurt – FSV Mainz 05 on December 18th, 2021 in the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt M
Eintracht paid 9 million euros to FC Augsburg in 2019 for the previous loan player Martin Hinteregger ©osnapix/imago
Dominik Kohr let Eintracht cost 8.5 million euros in 2019. He came from Bayer Leverkusen.
Dominik Kohr let Eintracht cost 8.5 million euros in 2019. He came from Bayer Leverkusen. © nph/Bratic/imago

And while FC Bayern had to transfer more than 30 million euros to Liverpool for Sadio Mané, Eintracht Frankfurt was able to bring Randal Kolo Muani to SGE for free. That also plays a role in a good transfer. All in all, the 23-year-old striker has settled in better at his new club than Mané. However, this tide can still turn in the new year, and there will probably only be a definitive answer to the question of who is the better transfer at the end of the season. (msb)

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