After spending the last few seasons desperately attempring the keep the relegation wolf from the door, you could forgive Hamburg fans for going a little over the top as the German giants won the first two games of the new Bundesliga season to sit top of the table for the first time since 2009.
However, ‘the Dinosaur’ has been brought back to earth with a bump since, their 3-0 home defeat to a Christian Pulisic-inspired Dortmund on Wednesday night meaning they have now lost each of their last three league fixtures – without scoring a single goal.
The form of USA international Bobby Wood has dried up after an excellent start to the campaign while a cruciate ligament injury to creative kingpin Nicolai Muller, suffered when he embarked on a rather over-zealous celebration on the opening day win against Augsburg, means Markus Gisdol’s side are lacking in attacking threat.
You wonder, then, whether the decision to loan Pierre-Michel Lasogga to Leeds United could come back to bite them on the backside.
Bild reported that Hamburg were determined to get one of their highest earners off the wage bill but are still responsible for paying the majority of his pay-packet despite the fact Lasogga is spending the season at Elland Road.
And it’s fair to say he’s made a promising start to life in West Yorkshire, following up two well-taken goals in a 5-0 debut thrashing of Burton Albion with an assist to seal a win against Birmingham City.
Hamburg, however, are wondering where the next goal is going to come from.