Summer Tottenham Hotspur target Matthias Ginter endures humiliating return to Dortmund

Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino attends a press conference at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Apoel FC and...

Dortmund sold Matthias Ginter to Borussia Monchengladbach this summer despite reports that Spurs had also made a bid.

Germany's defender Matthias Ginter lifts the trophy after winning the 2017 Confederations Cup final football match between Chile and Germany at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint...

Borussia Dortmund were only too willing to sell Matthias Ginter this summer and Tottenham Hotspur, rather than seeing this as a warning, viewed it as an opportunity.

Bild reported in June that Spurs had made a bid for the German international centre-half as Mauricio Pochettino chased a replacement for the eventually Stoke City-bound Kevin Wimmer.

Ginter, a World Cup winner with Germany, Bundesliga runner up with Dortmund and a stand-out performer during his nation’s victorious 2017 Confederations Cup campaign, certainly boasted an impressive CV.

Dortmund's defender Matthias Ginter and Hamburg's US striker Bobby Wood vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Hamburg SV in...

Yet, anyone who had watched the 23-year-old at close quarters in recent years will tell you that he has a long way to go before he can match the consistency and reliability of Germany team-mates Mats Hummels or Jerome Boateng.

An unhelpful penchant for crucial errors and shaky defensive displays meant Dortmund could consider themselves a little fortunate to earn £14.9 million when Borussia Monchengladbach eventually beat Spurs to the punch in early July, as reported by the BBC.

Welcome back Mattias

And Peter Bosz’ side would have been laughing all the way to the bank when Ginter endured a horrific return to his former club at the weekend. Dortmund, who have purred impressively in their first few league games under the former Ajax coach, roared to victory in their most scintillating display of the campaign, hammering Dieter Hecking’s side 6-1 at the Signal Iduna Park.

Moenchengladbach's German head coach Dieter Hecking shouts from the sidelines during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig v Borussia Moenchengladbach in Leipzig,...

And it’s fair to say Ginter had an evening to forget as hat-trick hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran riot. With a match rating of just 4.62 via WhoScored, the Gladbach’s big-money summer signing was statistically the worst player on the pitch.

Though Spurs eventually had to pay a whole lot more to sign Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, he already looks a far more impressive investment than Ginter.

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