Eberl happy with squad depth

With Borussia Monchengladbach having plenty of options to play out on the flanks, sporting director Max Eberl believes a bit of friendly competition among the squad is not a bad thing.

Some would call the winger department at the Foals over-stocked, as the return of Patrick Herrmann and Andre Hahn from injury means the club now has six players that can play out wide, along with Thorgan Hazard, Ibrahima Traore, Fabian Johnson and Jonas Hofmann.

While Eberl acknowledges having too many players that play the same position can cause problems with happiness in the squad, he is content with the situation at Borussia Park because of the versatility of the players in question.

"It's certainly not a disadvantage to have some friendly competition in the squad," he told the club's official website.

"Obviously players aren't happy when they're not getting minutes on the pitch, but they're professional about it and try to impress the manager the best they can.

"When we're considering transfers, we always look for players who are flexible. That applies to the players you've mentioned, who can play in several different positions. I wouldn't want to restrict them to playing out wide."

Monchengladbach welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to Borussia Park on Saturday, with the Eagles having recently parted ways with manager Armin Veh, which Eberl believes makes their opponents a bit of an unknown quantity.

"It doesn't make the preparations any easier as a new manager always makes a few changes to the line-up and the style of play," he explained.

"That doesn't change our aim, which is to win the game. I'm sure we'll manage that if we build on the performances from our recent games."