Andrej Kramarić joins Hoffenheim on loan
Kramarić poses with the number 27 shirt he will wear for the club. | Photo: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Andrej Kramarić has joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season.

Despite an incredibly successful start to his career in Croatia, Kramarić has failed to impress at the King Power Stadium, scoring just two goals in 15 games.

Whether or not the fact that he was the Foxes' club record signing - costing all of £9 million in a move from Rijeka - put pressure on and affected him is unclear, but with Leicester performing as brilliantly as they are in the Premier League this season - sitting second in the standings - chances are not coming for him and so he has opted for a temporary move away.

Struggling striker joins struggling side

Kramarić's sudden poor form is almost identical to that of Hoffenheim, with them rooted to the foot of the table ahead of the Bundesliga's resumption at the weekend following a winter break. This is despite a strong eighth placed finish last season, which saw them end the campaign just two points off of a European spot.

The Croatian will therefore be eager to make an immediate impact with his new club, though that may be a big ask as they prepare to take on Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday - the team sat fifth, firmly in the hunt for European football.

However, with the European Championship in France on the horizon, Kramarić has an extra incentive to perform, which is likely to have played a part in his decision to move away from Leicester instead of being patient and waiting for chances.

Kramarić is looking to keep himself in his country's picture ahead of Euro 2016. | Photo: The News Hub
Kramarić is looking to keep himself in his country's picture ahead of Euro 2016. | Photo: The News Hub

The 24-year-old was in his country's last squad, the one which faced Russia back in November, and he will be looking to cement his place in the side for the summer, eventually after starting his national team career so well with three goals in nine games.

To do that though, he must hit the ground running with Hoffenheim, who need goals and star quality more than ever.

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