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why Eintracht Frankfurt will exercise the option to buy Hugo Ekitike

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Hugo Ekitike’s beginnings were far from dreams. In fact, some comments have already expressed some doubts about the 21-year-old striker’s integration and level at Eintracht Frankfurt, where he is on loan with a €20 million purchase option from PSG. The problem is also physical. Before coming to Germany, he had not played a minute in the official competition since August 12. An eternity. Since then he has appeared in 10 matches in all competitions (317 minutes) for a minor assist.

To make matters worse, he has been bothered by a small adductor problem in recent days, but he should keep his place well in the showdown against Stuttgart this weekend. However, despite a somewhat complicated start, the German club is determined to exercise this purchase option, which suits the Parisian management well. This is already a file to be dealt with this summer and money must come in. Sporting director Markus Krösche even confirmed this Imagewho asked him if the Frenchman was worth twenty million euros? “Yes and I don’t have a stomach ache.”implying that saying it didn’t make him sick.

Krosche: “Hugo has certain skills that you cannot learn”

Faced with doubters, Krösche, on the other hand, believes it is a very good move. According to him, Ekitike is a player of the future whose potential is waiting for only one thing: to explode at the highest level. “Hugo has certain skills that cannot be taught. He is incredibly professional, focused and ambitious. As a person he is sociable, modest and fits well into the group. These are circumstances that are crucial. You don’t make transfer decisions based on short-term performance, the first five to six weeks.”

Moreover, Ekitike got going faster than expected due to the long-term injury of Sasa Kalajdzic, another winter recruit. “We always try to make decisions with the greatest care and maximum information, whether it concerns 50,000 or 15 million eurosassures the team leader, realizing that risk 0 does not exist. In football you can get 80% from monitoring, analysis, conversations, personality assessment and intelligence gathering. But there is still 20% human factor left. You can never be sure.’ This should not necessarily reassure Frankfurt supporters.