Hamburger SV have confirmed the much-anticipated signing of Simon Terodde from 1. FC Köln.
The 32-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Red Shorts, who are looking to get back into the Bundesliga at the third attempt.
With Terodde, they have a good chance. He has scored 118 goals in the 2. Bundesliga, just three off the league record held by Sven Demandt – a record he is likely to beat next season.
He scored an incredible 29 goals for Köln in the 2018-19 season as they won the league, and he scored 25 for Stuttgart two years previously, also leading them to the league title, as well as the same number for Bochum the year before that.
He has struggled to convert his second-tier goalscoring ability in the Bundesliga though, with just three strikes for Köln last season, a return that only served to exacerbate the theory that he’s too good for the 2. Bundesliga but not good enough for the Bundesliga.
He has inevitably linked with aspirant clubs in the second division, with Hamburg pouncing for the man they hope will lead them back to the big time after two near-misses.
“Simon Terodde knows the league and has impressively proven that he knows exactly where the goal is,” said Jonas Boldt, stating the obvious, as the club confirmed their new signing.
Terodde himself that his conversations with coach Daniel Thioune “were decisive” in his decision to move to Hamburg. Despite the impending record, he insists “it’s all about team success” for him.
He is the club’s third signing of the summer, following Amadou Onana and Klaus Gjasula. He was not involved in the friendly against Midtjylland on Thursday evening.
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