Intermediate transfer certificate for Freiburg: Quality at its best

Matthias Ginter (free transfer/Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Again and again, SC Freiburg has to give up players who have developed extremely well under the wing of Christian Streich. This is also the case with Nico Schlotterbeck, who joined Borussia Dortmund in the summer. With Matthias Ginter from Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Breisgauer managed to get a replacement from a higher shelf this time.

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The 28-year-old national player has played a significant role in Freiburg’s success and has already scored two goals and three assists in ten games.

Forecast: Quality and experience have enabled Ginter to call up his services immediately. The return to Freiburg has clearly done the central defender good. If he continues to perform in the form he has since the start of the season, he will also have a say in the fight for a regular place in the DFB team.

Michael Gregoritsch (free transfer/FC Augsburg)

Streich has had to do without a real clipper in recent years, even if he had someone in the squad in Nils Petersen who at least functioned as a joker. Michael Gregoritsch, as the new centre-forward, offers enormous danger in the opposing penalty area right from the start. The Austrian, who is strong in the air, has already scored five goals in the Bundesliga and Europa League and fits in perfectly with the Freiburg style of play.

Forecast: If Gregoritsch keeps his goal quota, he can be a crucial piece of the puzzle for the SC to reach the next level – nationally and internationally. The 28-year-old has lacked consistency when scoring goals in recent years, but Gregoritsch currently has no serious competitor for his place.

Ritsu Doan (8.5m/PSV Eindhoven)

The creativity, the playfulness and the goal threat of Ritsu Doan cost Freiburg sports director Klemens Hartenbach a lot. Almost a double-digit million amount was due for the Japanese national player – not a usual transfer fee in Breisgau. The winger has also collected scorer points. The left foot scored four goals and was successful in every competition.

Forecast: Doan is still waiting for an assist. As long as he scores and other creative players provide assists, it’s not a problem. However, the high fee weighs on the shoulders of the 1.72 meter tall dribbler. Although Doan was in the starting eleven in all games of the Bundesliga season, he always had to leave early.

Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (4.5 million/FC St. Pauli)

Daniel-Kofi Kyereh was also signed for the offensive department. At just under five million euros, it is also not a bargain, according to the understanding of the club from Baden-Württemberg. So far, however, the Ghanaian national player is only a supplementary player. He was only able to set up a goal in the Europa League.

Forecast: To break into the starting XI, Kyereh will definitely need to work on his effectiveness. In addition to his own goals, the offensive player would also look good with other assists. In the weeks after the international break, Kyereh will probably get more chances to collect scorer points thanks to the tight schedule.

Merlin Röhl (2.9 million/FC Ingolstadt)

Merlin Röhl made a huge leap in the summer. The U20 national player moved from third division club FC Ingolstadt to Europa League participants in Freiburg. It is logical that Röhl was not immediately included as a top performer by Streich. The central midfielder is still waiting for his debut in the professional team. He collects game practice in Freiburg’s second team.

Forecast: Röhl will certainly be continuously introduced to the professionals. As the season progresses, he will most likely get his Bundesliga minutes from Streich as well. Basically, the youngster is a long-term project. However, Röhl is in the perfect place to drive its own development forward.

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