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Why Tottenham Hotspur Should Avoid Signing This Gifted Defender From Borussia Dortmund

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Mauricio Pochettino has done a decent job with the squad at his disposal at Tottenham but he will have a tough job on his hands this summer as a number of star players are now wanted by a few top clubs in England. One such player, who is still waiting on a new contract, is Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld.

Fast growing into one of the most dependable centre-backs in the league, Alderweireld is yet expected to stay at the club but Pochettino is now looking for young backs ups for the Belgian first duo and has now stumbled upon Borussia Dortmund star Matthias Ginter.

A versatile centre-back, who can play as a CDM or as a right back, the 23-year old started his youth career at Freiburg and moved to Dortmund in 2014. He has made 66 appearances already in the Bundesliga and has also made nine appearances for the senior German side, all in a young career.

He has been used regularly by Thomas Tuchel at the Iduna Park last season but is reportedly open to a move away from the club. However, he will have talks with the newly appointed Peter Bosz before deciding on his future, but if he is sold, he is expected to go for around £15m, which is an absolute bargain.

A confident player with the ball at his feet, Ginter is a gifted centre back with a cool head on his shoulder. He is susceptible to the odd error in judgment but the recent campaign showed that he was getting better. He does not give away silly fouls at the back and is generally sound in the air and in also holding players off but at the moment he is not exactly the right kind of a defender for the English game.

He does not mind using his physical strength but is not at his most comfortable doing so. He will be under immense pressure playing regular football in England and though may grow into it, is at the moment not the right option for Spurs.

Pochettino surely needs a genuine star to backup Alderweireld, if he stays and Jan Vertonghen next season. Dier has done a decent job but they will need another backup to make sure that they can challenge in all competitions next season. As exciting as Ginter sounds, it is better for the club to look elsewhere for a better addition.

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