Hannover 96 – Ochs victim – if he hits, he’s out

You can almost feel a little sorry for the boy.

Philipp Ochs (24) has been at 96 for 20 months and came from Hoffenheim in January 2020 for free. He has not yet fought for a regular place. His personal 96-record: four goals in 34 appearances, but only eleven times in the starting line-up.

SACRIFICE OX! If he hits, he’s out …

Like last time in Dresden. Despite the cup goal in Norderstedt to make it 1-0, the left-footed player only sat on the bench a week later in Dresden. He only came in when Hult had to get out injured (51st). Nothing new for Ochs.

Noticeable: Last year was also the case with Zimmermann’s predecessor, Kenan Kocak. Goal against Kiel (3: 1), then not even substituted in Nuremberg (3: 0). Goal in Aue (1: 1), against HSV (3: 3) only joker. Goal in Bochum (3: 4), then against Regensburg (3: 1) only one minute.

And now Ochs is already a victim with Jan Zimmermann. The coach praises: “He has great qualities, good dynamics.” But not a regular place

The ox problem: he can do too much – and that’s why he plays so little.

The regular position of the former U21 national player is in the front left, but Ochs is pushed back and forth. With the Reds he also played back left, in the center as a 10 and right wing and in midfield. In the four Zimbo games, Ochs had three different positions, most recently left-back in Dresden.

It was especially awesome in the preparation! Ochs even had to clear the defensive, central midfield in front of the defense. Zimbo: “He had the big disadvantage that he can play in several positions and that is why he was often used defensively. Now I’ve gradually had the chance to see him offensively. I’ve seen a lot of good things in training. “

But it wasn’t good enough to defeat Ochs’ personal Tor-curse after all. But on Friday against Heidenheim he has the starting line-up again – because he didn’t score in Dresden …


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