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.
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.
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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.
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.