Schalke hero Matthew Hoppe: The gala is followed by disillusionment
Gelsenkirchen. The grin didn’t go away. With his three-pack gala, Matthew Hoppe was the match winner who won the FC Schalke 04 shot to redemption after 30 games without a win.
Third start-up and a hat trick straight away – Matthew Hoppe is now flying at the FC Schalke 04 the hearts too. But shortly afterwards the disillusionment followed.
FC Schalke 04 does not change transfer plans after the Hoppe Gala
The decision to again prefer Hoppe to Benito Raman should not have been easy for coach Christian Gross. The Belgian had reported fit again after recovering from an injury and Hoppe had not really convinced in his second starting eleven at Hertha BSC (0: 3).
“I like to give young players a chance. And if you take them out again immediately afterwards, that’s not so beneficial, ”says Gross after the 4-0 win against Hoffenheim in his thoughts on the line-up.
Matthew Hoppe threatens the reserve bank
“His commitment in Berlin was right,” says the S04 coach about Hoppe. “He wasn’t solely to blame for the defeat. During the week he continued to gain credit because he really gives 100 percent in every training session. That is a good and correct attitude. “
The 19-year-old rewarded the big decision with a three-pack. But soon he should still find himself on the reserve bank.
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Because: The Hoppe gala has not changed anything in the plans of FC Schalke 04 to sign a striker.
Gross: “My wish and the wish of the whole club is that we strengthen ourselves even more – especially on the offensive. Nothing changes about that. “
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Schalke get another striker. The names Cenk Tosun, Tom Ince and Marco Richter are haunted by Berger Feld. Whoever becomes it: He will in all likelihood oust Matthew Hoppe to the bank.
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Probably a sensible decision: To put all hopes of non-relegation on Hoppe because of an appearance would be brave. Especially since the US-American had not presented himself as a clipper in the U23 (16 games, 1 goal).
Gross: Hoppe still has to improve
“It’s a boy who definitely has to improve,” says Gross about Hoppe. “He had a great day today and will always remember that day in his footballing career – and he should. He knows himself that he still has a lot, a lot of work to do. But he has an incredibly great professional attitude. “
With that he can recommend himself for further assignments at FC Schalke 04 – but then probably more as a joker.