On transfer deadline day, not only did Hertha bring in two new players, but a familiar face as well. Midfielder Eduard Löwen returned to Berlin ahead of schedule as he saw his loan spell at FC Augsburg cut short. The 23-year-old returns after half a season away from the club, having gained lots of valuable experience. Now, he’s setting ambitious targets for his return to Hertha: "I want to give my all so that I can be a part of the team as soon as possible,” says the former Germany youth international. Head coach Bruno Labbadia recognizes the value of Löwen’s versatility: “I’ve known him for a long time already and I have seen his development. For me, he is somebody who can play in many positions and now he has a fresh start here. He’s capable, that’s for sure, and now he has to show it in matches.”
On Thursday (08/10/20), after completing training alongside teammates new and old, Hertha’s new number 23 spoke to the press about the reasons for his return, conversations with the manager, and a new start with the Old Lady.
herthabsc.de: Edu, welcome back to Hertha BSC. After half a year in Augsburg you will now pull on the blue and white shirt again. Can you talk us through your return to Berlin?
Löwen: I was always open for a return, to be honest. In the past week I had a good talk with Bruno Labbadia, and I also received positive signals from the club. Then Michael Preetz called me to say that he wanted to bring me back to Hertha, so I spoke with the directors at Augsburg. In the end, everything moved pretty quickly; first contact was on Wednesday, I said goodbye to my Augsburg teammates on Saturday and travelled to Berlin that evening.
herthabsc.de: A lot has changed at the club since the start of your loan spell – there are plenty of new faces in the squad. What has been your first impression of your new teammates and the new coach?
Löwen: I had been looking forward to seeing the lads again! Even though the team has changed a little, there are still plenty of players who I knew from before. Mathew Leckie, Marvin Plattenhardt, Lukas Klünter and Maximilian Mittelstädt, for example. A lot of players are away on international duty right now, but next week we will all be together again.