It’s a different story when it comes to his place within the club. Despite not featuring as often as he might have hoped to, Toprak told the WERDER-PODCAST that he feels as if he’s already been at the club for much longer. “Normally, you need to have a lot of game time as a new player. You want to play and to win in order to show that you’ve arrived. Here, both the team and the coaches welcomed me straight away. I may have not been here long, but I can say that I feel at home here.” Toprak also feels at home playing at centre-back, regardless of which side he features on. According to Toprak, he is fit and is preparing himself “mentally for Sunday’s match.”
The team have also grown close due to the multiple injuries within the squad in recent weeks. “Our aim is to take three points from Frankfurt. We know that it won’t be easy, but that’s our goal.” Sunday's match in the Commerzbank Arena could also mark Toprak's return to the Werder starting XI. Following the team's final training session on Wednesday, head coach Florian Kohfeldt backed the centre-back, saying “If nothing else happens, then Ömer is definitely a candidate to start.” If that’s the case, then everything will be back to normal for the Werder defender, as he returns to help lead the team on the pitch.