It’s less than two weeks until the official start of training at Hannover 96 (June 8th). Then the squad of new coach Stefan Leitl (44 / last Fürth) should be largely standing. Despite five additions, things still look a bit shaky at the moment.
Five playmakers but no left-back!
Striking: With Max Besuschkow (Regensburg), Louis Schaub (Cologne) and Enzo Leopold (Freiburg II), sports director Marcus Mann (38) has already signed three new players for central and attacking midfield. With top clipper Sebastian Kerk (9 goals) and Sebastian Ernst (jersey no. 10), the Reds already have two playmakers in their squad.
Ernst is fighting for his comeback after tearing his Achilles tendon in rehab, but will probably not be able to play again this year. Nevertheless, the crowd in the playmaker position is huge. And in Leitl’s favorite system – back four, diamond in midfield, two points – there is only room for one playmaker.
But Mann remains relaxed: “The players can all be used variably. Besuschkow and Schaub have also played in the half positions, as has Ernst. Leopold can also play on the six and Kerk as a second point.”
It’s not that flexible at the back left, the Reds need specialists there. After the departures of Niklas Hult (32) and Philipp Ochs (25), neither of whom got a new contract, 96 is still completely blank for the left-back.
The Reds still need at least one, maybe two new players in this position. Man admits: “Yes, it is a fact that we still have to do something.”
Mann and Leitl also spoke on Tuesday. The new coach was in Hanover for a day, inspecting the arena, cabins and training grounds.
On June 7, Leitl started with the Reds with the medical and performance tests. A day later is official training start – as of now with many playmakers and without left-back.
But it’s almost two weeks away…