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German journalist Christopher Michel of broadcaster Sport 1 concedes that Pellegrini's loan-out to the Bundesliga hasn't exactly worked out as hoped for, but emphasizes that Eintracht Frankfurt still aren't very interested in ending the arrangement early. Apart from the oft-injured Christopher Len, Pellegrini remains the only natural left back on the SGE roster.
Pellegrini has made a total of 15 appearances for Frankfurt across all competitions this year. After seven mostly ineffective starts on the left-flank as either a fullback or wingback, SGE trainer Oliver Glasner opted to deploy Ansgar Knauff in the Italian's position during the final two league matchdays prior to the World Cup break.
Though he is yet to record either a goal or an assist for the German Eagles in league, cup, or Europe, Pellegrini did prove slightly more influential during Eintracht's last two wins in the Champions' League group phase. In general, it would make logical sense for the SGE to be averse to an early loan recall; at least until a possible replacement could be procured.
Michel leaves open a slight chance that the German club may rethink matters.
Der Plan der #SGE ist unverändert, die Rückrunde mit Luca Pellegrini zu beenden. Ausschließen, dass sich jetzt im Urlaub etwas Richtung Abgang bewegt, würde ich inzwischen nicht mehr. Die Leihe jedenfalls läuft bislang nicht wie erhofft... #Eintracht https://t.co/DHr83uJMGO— Christopher Michel (@CMoffiziell) December 11, 2022