WERDER.DE: How did you process this experience?
Eren Dinkci: “At the start of pre-season I came to terms with the fact that Werder are now on a different path, and with that comes different opportunities. I’ve got an opportunity to get lots of game time, for example. Once pre-season began, it became clear to me that we’re all going to try our hardest to get promoted again.”
WERDER.DE: Florian Kohfeldt, the head coach who gave you your Bundesliga debut, is no longer at the club and instead Markus Anfang came in at the start of pre-season. What’s that been like for you?
Eren Dinkci: “Whenever a new head coach arrives, you want to prove to them what you can do from day one. I saw it as a great opportunity and told myself to give it my all and to stand out a little (laughs). I remember my first proper conversation with him in the changing room. He said: “I get the impression that you’re more comfortable playing on the wing.” I answered: “Yeah, it’s a little new to me, but I enjoy playing there.” He explained that he wants me to use my speed to get past opponents, put lots of crosses into the box and get assists. He encourages me before every game and tells me to trust myself and my ability. I’m grateful that he trusts and believes in me.”