Sky Sports Scout, in association with Wyscout, reports on Matthias Ginter
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Last Updated: 21/05/14 12:15pm
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The latest player to be spotlighted is German starlet Matthias Ginter.
The scout reports...
Matthias Ginter is one of the latest young players to emerge from the ever impressive German conveyor belt of talent.
However, Ginter is a bit different. Just two years ago, when he was already on the fringes of the Freiburg squad, he was a youth international and regarded as an up-and-coming midfielder.
But, due to some injuries in defence, he was asked to play centre-half, and it is in defence where he has emerged as one of the best young players in the Bundesliga.
Still used in midfield when needed, he is now recognised as a centre-half.
The Freiburg-born youngster began playing early, aged just four for youth side SV March, and by the age of 11 he had already been spotted by Freiburg's scouts.
He progressed well through the youth ranks, being called up by Germany at Under-18 level, and was called into the first-team squad at Freiburg in early 2012 after the club sold a number of players in the winter window, whilst also having some injury issues.
He made his first-team debut against Augsburg in January 2012 and scored days later - just after his 18th birthday to become Freiburg's youngster top-flight goalscorer.
It was at this time that the 6ft 3in midfielder got his first taste of defence and it was clear from the off that he has all the attributes to become a high-class defender.
Dropping deeper in defence enables Ginter to read the play - he has good pace and for a big man an exceptional touch. His passing is good, and the fact his range is that good means he often likes to switch the play with long balls from the back.
Clearly he is still learning, but he is learning very quickly and his progress has not gone unnoticed, with Germany coach Joachim Low calling him into his squad to face Chile and he gave him his first cap.
Now the bigger clubs are beginning to circle with Arsenal and Manchester United both linked. But they may have to form a queue as both German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are already monitoring Ginter very closely.
The scout says...
A move to one of the German giants looks likely at this stage - Ginter is hugely appealing with his versatility.
Despite starting in midfield, defence does look his natural home and it is surely there where he will become a star of the future.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 6 out of 10
Passing: 8 out of 10
Tackling: 8 out of 10
Heading: 8 out of 10
Pace: 8 out of 10
Vision: 7 out of 10
Current ability: 7 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING: 62/80
Current value: £10million
Potential value: £40million
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