With Hannover 96 sitting second bottom of the Bundesliga without a win in the opening five matches the team have been the subject of much criticism. One player who has been criticised and was dropped at the weekend is the Japanese midfielder Genki Haraguchi.
Despite being dropped however for the game against Hoffenheim the side still lost 3-1 at home. While the German media have suggested the player signed from Fortuna Düsseldorf in the summer is not meeting expectations.
Meanwhile, the player who appeared three times for Japan during the World Cup it is proposed is not playing to his full potential. His form is not helped of course by his side poor start to the season and the fact he was injured at the start of the season.
The Hannover coach André Breitenreiter suggested it was a tough call to drop the Japan international as he said "With a full squad to pick from it was a difficult decision to pick the team against Hoffenheim, but we have to make some harsh decisions.
As a result, I took out Haraguchi replacing him with a Maina. Haraguchi played the match against Nuremberg the previous week, but due to his teammate (Miiko Albornoz) sending off he had to come off at halftime."
The boss commented that the player lacked movement upfront and he needed to try something new. It will be interesting to see if the 27-year-old is back in the squad this weekend as his team play away to Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.