There were a whole host of reasons why Jeremy Toljan looked like an excellent summer signing for Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports).
The German Under-21 international looked a cut above when Stefan Kuntz’ men knocked England out of the European Championships on penalties this summer and, blessed with aggression, speed and excellent delivery, Toljan appeared every inch a Mauricio Pochettino full back.
The fact that the Hoffenheim flyer is equally comfortable on either flank, and was available for a fee as low as £4.5 million per ESPN, Tottenham would no doubt have been disappointed when the youngster completed a move to Borussia Dortmund instead.
Though while Serge Aurier has looked a little erratic at times after filling the right-back spot vacated by Kyle Walker at Spurs, the Ivory Coast international has looked positively impenetrable compared to Toljan’s early struggles with Die Schwarzgelben.
The 23-year-old didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when making his Dortmund debut, ironically, against Spurs in the Champions League in September. Starting on the left of a back four, Toljan came off much worse in a head-to-head duel with Aurier.
'He did not have a good night'
It was his performance in Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, however, the club’s first home defeat since April 2015, that put Toljan in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The versatile full-back was humiliated by Leipzig’s rapid Portuguese winger Bruma in the lead up to the visitors’ second goal. Bruma soared past Toljan from a seemingly impossible position on the byline, leaving the defender choking on his dust before setting up a simple tap in for Yussuf Poulsen.
“I talked to (Toljan) about it. He did not have a good night against RB... but he wasn't the only one,” Bosz said after the game in quotes reported by ESPN reported Stefan Buczko on Twitter.
Even at £4.5 million, Toljan is looking a bit overpriced on current form.