The German defender has several options in the summer. Will he join Manchester United?
The Premier League has a big attraction for the people in Germany - the passionate fans, the athletic and fast football, and of course the money you can earn there. Still, some players seem to hesitate to really make this step and prefer the Bundesliga.
Let's take a look at the team where Ginter is playing right now. Freiburg has probably the cosiest atmosphere of all of the 18 Bundesliga teams. Here the coach literally rides his bike to the training and nobody puts any pressure on him or the team, despite they fact they are in the second last position of the table. The people in the city close to the French border just enjoy the fact that they have a Bundesliga team.
Just imagine the big step it would be for a player to come from such a club to one of the global players in world football. Here you have to deal with something on a daily basis that you hardly find in Freiburg: expectations and pressure.
The last player from Freiburg who took the big step to the Premier League was Papiss Cisse from Newcastle. After having a good start there he is now struggling to get some playing time and in the midst of a second disappointing season.
Even more disturbing was Lewis Holtby’s negative development once he left to a Premier League team. In Schalke he was a key player, got international experience in the Champions League, and became a member of the German national team. Now he is not even a starter for the team at Fulham in last position in the Premier League table and has probably no chance any more to play at the World Cup in Brazil.
The media in Germany reports regularly about these cases and of course also about all the negative media reactions Mesut Ozil got over there after a few of weeks of weaker performances. All this might influence the decision of a 20-year-old player from a provincial club in Germany with hardly any international experience.
But what are the alternatives? Bayern lost their interest in him because he wasn’t steady enough in his performances. Dortmund is still interested, but they already have very good central defenders like Hummels, Subotic and Sokratis. So there wouldn’t be a guarantee either that he would be a starter there. Other options in Germany like Schalke or Leverkusen seem not to be willing to pay around 10 million pounds for a central defender.
So maybe Manchester United isn’t the worst option after all. He knows that they will make some major changes in the team, especially in the central defence, and that it will take some time to adapt. Actually that could be in his favour, because Moyes and the fans might be a little bit more patient with him at the beginning, as nobody expects Ginter to immediately replace the United legend Vidic in an equal way.
It might be a big step for Matthias Ginter to join such a big team as Manchester United, but until now he makes the impression as if he could be confident enough to try it. He definitely has the potential to become a strong player there as long as his performances become more consistent. So maybe he just goes for the adventure to fulfill his dream of a long and successful international career.
Wouldn’t the Theatre of Dreams be a good place for that?
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