Just in time for Christmas, Eintracht Frankfurt were able to present their fans with a new star signing from North America in the form of attacking midfielder Marco Fabian.
The 26-year-old Mexico international, who officially joined the Eagles when the transfer window opened on 2 January, has put pen to paper on a contract through to June 2019.
'A fresh challenge'
"Marco's a versatile attacker with an eye for goal. He can operate out wide or down the middle," sporting director Bruno Hübner said of the new recruit, who was brought on board from hometown club CD Guadalajara. Also fresh on the Frankfurt books for the season run-in are Bundesliga old boy Szabolcs Huszti, signed from China's Changchun Yatai, and defensive all-rounder Kaan Ayhan on loan from FC Schalke 04.
It is in their new number 10 above all, however, that the club are pinning their hopes for the revitalisation of a forward department which totalled an underwhelming 21 goals in the opening 17 games – a statistic which goes a long way to explaining Frankfurt's current standing, just three points clear of an automatic relegation berth. "I'm looking forward to this fresh challenge," said Fabian; "It's an honour to be given the number 10 shirt and I'll be giving my all to try and do it justice. I want to integrate quickly and work hard to help us be successful."
He proved as good as his word with two goals in a 3-3 friendly draw with Eintracht Braunschweig. If all goes to plan, there will be plenty more to come from the man who played every game for eventual gold medallists Mexico at the 2012 London Olympics. Selection permitting, his first taste of Bundesliga action will come at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 18 – a baptism of fire but, equally, a rapid-fire opportunity to show that Frankfurt really did snap up a Christmas cracker.