Loan report: Kamada blossoming in Belgium
Eintracht Frankfurt keep a close eye on their players out on loan. With around a quarter of the season gone, it’s time to take a look at how the Eagles’ five loanees are getting on.
Daichi Kamada: Taking his chances
Daichi Kamada has really hit the ground running at Belgian top-flight side Sint-Truidense V.V. Having scored two goals in three substitute appearances, the Japanese midfielder was rewarded with his full debut against Mouscron at the start of October – and he got on the scoresheet again. With a record of three goals in 134 minutes, it would be a surprise if the 22-year-old doesn’t get more starts soon.
Max Besuschkow: Key player for league leaders
Max Besuschkow also headed to Belgium, albeit to the second tier. His two-year loan to Saint Gilloise appears to have paid off. The central midfielder has started seven of the Brussels club’s nine league games - coming off the bench in the other two – to help the team reach the top of the Proximus League table.
Danny Blum: Battling for promotion in Spain
After cameo appearances for Eintracht in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Supercup, winger Danny Blum was loaned to UD Las Palmas at the end of August. The 27-year-old has swiftly become an important part of the squad, if not a regular starter. The only time he has played 90 minutes in La Liga 2 was against relegated side and Malaga. Blum provided the assist for the only goal of the game to hand the current league leaders their only defeat of the season to date, keeping Las Palmas within touching distance in fourth place.
Aymen Barkok: Slow start after injury
The academy product from Riederwald suffered the first major setback of his young career in mid-July. Just days after his move to Fortuna Düsseldorf, the midfield talent suffered a knee ligament injury and thus missed most of pre-season. Since recovering, Barkok has found it hard to break into the first-team squad and has been building up his match fitness with the reserves. His two appearances against Bonn and Rödinghausen ended in defeat, but he was able to get valuable minutes under his belt.
Marijan Cavar: Growing in importance
Last but not least, Marijan Cavar is currently enjoying a good season with NK Osijek in the Croatian top flight. They are second in the table behind record champions Dinamo Zagreb, with Cavar taking on an increasingly prominent role in the side. After moving to Slavonia on transfer deadline day, the 20-year-old initially found himself on the fringes of the squad but has started the last two games. Two wins and two clean sheets suggest the Bosnian has had a stabilising effect.