Sébastien Haller, Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic have secured a place in the Eintracht history books. Rafael Borré, Daichi Kamada and Jesper Lindström have not yet come close to the buffalo herd. But the statistics bring back memories.
Looking back at the 2018/19 season causes emotions to run high for many Eintracht Frankfurt fans. Sébastien Haller, Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic sometimes do what they want with their opponents on the national and international stage. The term “buffalo herd” coined by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp even has its own Wikipedia entry. 57 goals came together in the Bundesliga and Europa League, plus there were a number of assists.
Borré, Lindström, Kamada score 27 points
Does Trapp feel reminded of the “buffalo herd” again about two and a half years later? At least a hint of it has blown through the stadiums in recent months when Rafael Borré, Jesper Lindström and Daichi Kamada harmonize in interaction. A prime example was the opening goal in Augsburg: Lindström conquered the ball, Borré misplaced it and Kamada converted the pass beautifully.
Together, the trio has a strong 27 points in the Bundesliga and Europa League. In the last eight Bundesliga goals, at least one player in the trio always had a crucial foot on the ball. Borré had the strongest development, contributing four goals and three assists in six parties. Glasner praised the Colombian: “We always asked for patience when the question came up: ‘Who should replace André Silva?'” Rafael is very diligent. He always tries to implement what we tell him and rewards himself.”
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The processes with the other players are becoming clearer and clearer, you get to know each other better and better: “Rafael’s development is absolutely positive. He’s always a role model and runs a lot, even when playing against the ball.” Glasner still sees further potential: “Where Rafael has room for improvement, it’s in his directness towards the goal. In Augsburg in particular he had campaigns where he could pull through and sometimes – as we say in Austria – hit it with a spitz.”
It sounds like a hidden drone to the competition. In addition to Borré, Lindström has recently flourished. Despite missed big chances the Dane likes as a driving force, his speed stands out. “I spoke to him on Monday and told him not to be discouraged. Jesper has great routes and great promotions,” said Glasner.
Glasner raves about the storm trio
Lindström should think back three to four months: “You would have been happy if you had had such opportunities. Everything is fine with Jesper, that doesn’t throw him off track.” Glasner has already emphasized the third in the league, Kamada, in the past: “I’ve praised Daichi very, very often for his game intelligence. He has already scored very important goals for us, especially in Europe.”
In addition to his great technique, the Japanese also throws running (11.41 kilometers in Augsburg) and an unknown robustness (59 percent won duels in Augsburg) into the ring. No, buffalo are and probably will not be Borré, Lindström and Kamada. But with their slightly finer blade and the higher degree of draft and playing strength, they don’t have to hide behind the classic buffalo herd at the moment.