This week has already seen one fan favourite return to his former club. Yesterday Luka Jovic rejoined Eintracht Frankfurt in a loan move from Real Madrid, the club he joined 18 months ago for a €60 million fee. The move has not worked out well for either Jovic or Madrid, as he has only scored twice in 35 games. H eh as also been unable to displace Kareem Benzema in the starting line up.
He will now rejoin the club where he scored 36 times in only 75 games, including scoring five in one game against Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2018, until the end of the season. Still only 23, he will now get the chance to restore his reputation and regain some much needed confidence. Jovic has been given the number 9 shirt and clearly figures in Adi Hutter’s plans.
Now another striker is on the point of returning to a club where he was a goal-scoring legend. Klaus Jan Huntelaar, who scored 126 goals in 240 appearances for Schalke between 2010 and 2017, is poised to return to the crisis ridden club as they bid to escape relegation. He has been at Ajax for the last four seasons, but has never really established himself in the first team.
Likening it to having to choose between your two children, Huntelaar will mull over the move over the next few days. In scoring twice in added time for Ajax last night against Twente Enschede, he demonstrated that he still has the ability to contribute. At the advanced age of 37 he is clearly not a long term solution for Schalke’s woes, but he may be able to come in and score enough over the next few months to keep them in the Bundesliga.