At Mainz 05 they are still struggling a bit with the performances of the team this season. The defensive worries coach Bo Svensson in particular. The departures of Niakhaté and St. Juste could only be compensated to a limited extent. It's quite possible that you'll take a look around the transfer market in winter.
After the defeat in Freiburg, Mainz 05 slipped down to twelfth place in the table. It's not all that dramatic, though. Up to fifth place they are only three points behind. The zero fives are much more worried about the sometimes very mixed performances on the first eight match days. Especially on the defensive, the shoe seems to pinch the Rheinhessen.
Last summer, two central defenders, captain Moussa Niakhaté and Jeremiah St. Juste, left FSV. Not only was a lot of quality lost with them, but also a lot of speed and dynamics. In return, with Maxim Leitsch, only one replacement was committed.
Nevertheless, the personnel difficulties in Freiburg were obvious. Leitsch was injured, during the game Bell had to go yellow-red endangered. The back three then consisted of Widmer, Fernandes and Caci - none of them trained central defenders.
It is therefore quite possible that they will look around for another defender in winter in order to make a small personnel course correction. The coming weeks will be decisive for this. You would then be looking for a new central defender who has good basic speed, but who can also compensate for the departure from Niakhaté a little better in terms of mentality. Such a type of player would certainly not be easy to find in view of the finances...
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This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Mainz defense concerns: will FSV add staff in winter? released.