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Amenyido: "I'm new here and have to show what I can do"

After training for the fourth time with his new teammates since arriving from VfL Osnabrück, Etienne Amenyido took time out to talk to the Hamburg media on Tuesday. Here's what he had to say…

Etienne Amenyido on…

…his first impressions of the club, the team and Hamburg: "I've haven't been here all that long, but my first impressions of Hamburg are definitely good. As for the team, I sensed right away in training that there's a lot of quality in the squad. I didn't know anyone before, but all the lads are OK here. I'm coping well, I just need to settle in a bit more. I've already spent a few hours in town with Daniel-Kofi Kyereh. We went for something to eat, and he showed me one or two places."

…his move from Osnabrück: "I had a super time at Osnabrück. St. Pauli are a super club and I want to continue my development here. I aim to work on my strengths and weaknesses in order to take the next step. The fans were another reason to move. I've only experienced the ground without fans unfortunately as I was injured when we played at the Millerntor in my first second-division season. I'm really looking forward to it, even though only some of the fans will be allowed in at first."

…the transfer fee: "It isn't a burden for me. Money isn't easy for the clubs in times of Covid-19. St. Pauli have made an investment and I hope I can pay it back."

An upbeat Etienne Amenyido in training.

An upbeat Etienne Amenyido in training.

…his ambitions and position on the pitch: "I haven't come to St. Pauli to sit on the bench. I want to play, of course, and that will only happen if I do well in training. I see myself as a second or a roving striker. St. Pauli have played with a diamond, the optimum position for me there would be second striker. I hope to start games if I perform well. I'm new here and have to show what I can do. I have to stake a claim and then we'll see what happens."

…his social media activity: "I have an Instagram account, but it isn't active at the moment. It does you good to take a break from social media sometimes because it can be overwhelming."

…his international career: "I'd been thinking about that a long time and dreamed of playing for Togo. I did play for Germany as a youth player but when the opportunity arose to play for Togo, it was something I definitely wanted to do. I'm really glad to have played my first game and I hope there'll be more to come."


Photos: FC St. Pauli/Witters