FC Augsburg, the newly promoted Bavarian side struggling to remain in the Bundesliga, added some help for Coach Jos Luhukay over the weekend by acquiring Schalke midfielder Jan Morávek on a six-month loan.
Morávek, who turned 22 in November, has had difficulty finding playing time in Schalke’s crowded midfield, earning only 145 minutes of Bundesliga play in this season’s Hinrunde. The Prague native, however, featured in 32 matches in all competitions last season while on loan to Kaiserslautern, scoring five goals and adding two assists as the Red Devils finished a surprising 7th in the league table.
Morávek began his professional career with Czech club Bohemians 1905 in 2007, scoring 11 goals in 39 matches before signing with Schalke in 2009. He also has made a total of 23 appearances for the Czech U-19, U-20 and U-21 teams, and earned his first of three senior team caps in March, 2010, in a friendly against Scotland.
While FC Augsburg inched themselves out of the bottom spot in the Bundesliga table in the last weeks of the Hinrunde, their total of 15 points still leaves them in the relegation zone. The team, with a 3-6-8 record, have only scored 15 goals thus far in the top-tier, the second lowest total in the league. Sascha Mölders is the club’s leading scorer with four goals. If Morávek can knock off the rust he’s built up at Schalke and return to last year’s form, his attacking skills will be a positive for Coach Luhukay in Augsburg’s quest to avoid relegation.