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Hertha Berlin: Piatek, a shooting star?

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020
Krzysztof Piatek, who became the most expensive player in the history of Hertha Berlin last January, recruited from AC Milan for 24 million euros, is now a replacement in a team in crisis, which recorded last Saturday at Leipzig its fourth consecutive defeat (1-2). A match in which the Polish striker played only the last 6 minutes, a week after entering for 12 minutes in the loss against Stuttgart (0-2). In total, he played 146 minutes in the Bundesliga, for an assist, against Bayern Munich (3-4), and no goals scored.

“He’s a finisher, and I don’t think we’re in a position today to put him in an ideal position so that his qualities are fully exploited, explained in a press conference his coach Bruno Labbadia, who spoke one-to-one with the 25-year-old. And he still has things to work on to play more. “ A final verdict from the German technician, who took over in April from interim Alexander Nouri after the surprise resignation of Jürgen Klinsmann. It was the latter who had wanted to bring Piatek, and who counted a lot on him. And the former Milanese, scorer from his first tenure in February, had finished his first half-season with 5 goals in 16 appearances.

“He can still progress tactically”

With the arrival of Labbadia, he had however lost his place of holder during the resumption of a season interrupted by the health crisis. A new coach who would prefer Vedad Ibisevic, since gone to Schalke. Today, Piatek, who has never played a full season with the same club since leaving Poland, is the replacement for Colombian Jhon Cordoba, who landed from Cologne in mid-September for 15 million euros and author of 3 achievements in 5 meetings.

“Piatek is not really suited to Labbadia’s way of playing, confirm in Bild his Polish compatriot Artur Wichniarek, former Hertha striker. He’s a coach who needs a good back-to-goal striker, which is why they took Cordoba. “ According to Wichniarek “He can still progress tactically. Even if in the Bundesliga we don’t give you time. He will have to fight.” It will be necessary to hope to find Krzysztof Piatek for the 2018-2019 season (22 goals in Serie A, 13 with Genoa and 9 with Milan). But will we ever see him again, or was he just a shooting star?