Matteo Guendouzi featured positively in a win for Hertha BSC this weekend, coming off the bench as they turned the game around.

Hertha BSC - RB Leipzig, Matteo Guendouzi of Hertha BSC warming up, 21 02 2021, Copyright: Matthias Koch
Hertha BSC, Matteo Guendouzi of Hertha BSC warming up, 21 02 2021, Copyright: Matthias Koch

Ahead of Hertha BSC’s match against Augsburg this weekend, things weren’t looking great for Matteo Guendouzi. He was set for his fourth match on the bench of their last six under new management, with the team slipping into the relegation places.

Guendouzi was on the bench despite the absence of January midfield signing Sami Khedira, to add insult to injury.

It got even worse as Hertha conceded an early goal, going in 1-0 down at half-time. However, Guendouzi received a chance for redemption after coming on at half-time for Santiago Ascacibar, who had struggled in the opening 45 minutes.

Hertha then dominated the vast majority of the second period, scoring in the 62nd and 89th minute to complete a crucial comeback win.

Guendouzi wasn’t directly involved in the goals, but he completed 83% of his passes and blocked a couple of opposition shots in a positive display.

It was a significant improvement on his recent substitute appearance against RB Leipzig, where he was arguably at fault for his team conceding twice.

That game had led to Hertha boss Pál Dárdai suggesting the midfielder needed to mature. One positive performance isn’t enough, but it’s a good first step.

Arsenal are reportedly looking to sell Guendouzi this summer, so if he can boost his value in the coming months, that would be a big help.