Hamburg form concerns Seeler

Hamburg are the only club to have remained in the top flight of

German football since its inception 50 years ago, but they only

just stayed their last season when they finished 15th.

They have already been knocked out of the DFB-Pokal in the first

round to third-division opponents this time around, and started the

Bundesliga season with a home defeat to Nurnberg, and Seeler says

the alarm bells are already ringing.

“I am quite concerned because I cannot see any improvements at

all,” he said. “And that is what the director of sport is judged

on.

“But all he keeps repeating is that the team is developing, and

that somebody else is coming, then somebody else.

“When I hear that or read that, I just shake my head.

“We have players who are not good enough for the Bundesliga, it

is as simple as that.”

Seeler’s words were aimed at the club’s director of sport Frank

Arnesen, who says he is working on bringing in new recruits, but

apart from goalkeeper Rene Adler, defender Paul Scharner and

striker Artem Rudnevs, has delivered little.

“We need a creative player who can move around the midfield, a

poacher who can cause problems in the penalty area and somebody to

stabilise the defence,” added Seeler in the Die Welt newspaper.

“What I saw against Nurnberg was even worse than last

season.”