Marko Grujic had a brilliant start to life on loan at Herth BSC but things are now very much up in the air.
Things were never going to be quite as stable as last year. Grujic was brilliant over the 18/19 season, earning high praise from manager Pal Dardai.
So it’s no surprise that Liverpool sent him back there this season in the hope he’d kick on even further. Stability is a rare thing for loan players, after all.
But Dardai stepped back into a youth role over the summer and Ante Covic stepped up from the second team. Right away, things were going to be different.
However, Covic only lasted until late November when his contract was terminated after poor results. A surprising appointment followed – Jurgen Klinsmann, a man known for wanting to do things in his own very specific way.
Grujic has played well under Klinsmann, though, even grabbing a goal & assist against Eintracht Frankfurt. Still, two new managers before Christmas is hardly the ideal circumstances in which to develop.
And there’s reportedly more uncertainty on the way. ESPN claim that Hertha are looking at Granit Xhaka as a January signing – a player who would immediately take a place in their midfield.
Would he replace Grujic? Form suggests not but then if Hertha are going to replace anyone with a signing, it would be the loanee.
It’s just another example of things looking uncertain for the Serbian. Grujic needs that stability and this loan appeared to provide that. Instead, everything is a little up in the air.
That said, if he can still perform despite all of this, that bodes very well for his long-term prospects.