04.02.2021
First Team

“Great strength in depth”

Sporting director Marcel Schäfer on an unusually quiet transfer window.

The Green-and-Whites took a back seat in the transfer market this winter, deciding against making any new signings. Marcel Schäfer explains why VfL did not add to their squad.

Marcel Schäfer, how come the team is doing so well at the moment?

Marcel Schäfer: “We’ve put ourselves in a very good position in the league and DFB Cup. The team is producing very consistant performances and doesn’t get weighed down by setbacks. You can sense there’s an extremely high level of commitment and passion.”

VfL fielded the same eleven for the third time in a row against Schalke. What does that tell us about the squad?

Schäfer: “Firstly, it shows that the lads are playing with great consistency and are in really good shape physically. On top of that, we obviously don’t have any more injuries at the moment and – unlike in the autumn – we don’t have any coronavirus-related absentees. That’s why the team has been able to find its feet.”

Why didn’t VfL sign any new players this winter?

Schäfer: “We’ve got great strength in depth in all areas of the squad. For Felix Klaus and Yunus Malli, a permanent move was the best solution going forward. Loan deals were sensible for William and Omar Marmoush because both need match practice.”

Did you not discuss sigining any players at any point?

Schäfer: “Signings have to make sense from a sporting and economic perspective, and in this instance we never reached that point. The main reason, though, is that we have enormous confidence in the players who are here. It’s also great to see how the players are repaying that trust.”

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