Ginczek provides new options at vfl

Ginczek provides new options at vfl

VfL Wolfsburg undoubtedly has the most room for improvement on offense. The Green-Whites scored only 18 goals in the first half of the season – but without Daniel Ginczek. The striker was injured for a long time, could only help again in December. His return opens up new possibilities for the Bundesliga club. In order to exploit the 28-year-old's potential, VfL coach Oliver Glasner is playing out several scenarios at the training camp in Portugal.

Because the Austrian does not want to choose between Ginczek and the previously seeded Wout Weghorst. Instead Glasner wants to let them off the chain together. "Wout is better with his back to the opponent, I also like to play around him. We complemented each other well in the preseason. The goal," says Ginczek, "is to play together."One possibility is that he will play one of the outside positions in a 4-3-3. Another, that Ginczek and Weghorst form a double tip, behind which, for example, Josip Brekalo whirls. At least that's how it looked in phases during training on Monday.

In any case, Glasner has more options again with Ginczek.In the first half of the season, VfL was too dependent on Weghorst for scoring goals. It was often easy for opponents to adjust to Wolfsburg's play. The fact that the Dutchman was nevertheless able to score seven Bundesliga goals is an expression of his great finishing quality. With Ginczek, Weghorst gets a partner at his side whose name also stands for goals. "I want to play. Actually, I was always a regular player when I was fit," says the ex-Stuttgart player. "I want to use the week here to catch up the last percentages."

Because Ginczek is once again coming back from a long injury break. That runs like a red thread through his career anyway. This time it was a back operation that caused him to miss almost the entire first half of the season. That's why the striker completed a more extensive program than his teammates during the winter break. "I know I have to do more than others," says Ginczek, who toiled in the weight room for two hours almost every day while on vacation in Abu Dhabi. It should have paid off. "Now I'm starting to realize it was good," he says, feeling ready for whatever comes next.

Offered can Ginczekam Friday. Then there is a test against Servette Geneva, a second should be added. The games will take place in Albufeira – on a pitch that the striker does not have good memories of. Last year he tore a ligament in his ankle there, which ensured that he could only play again at the end of the second half of the season. "This time it is not the 12. January," says Ginczek with a wink. It does not play a role for him. "It was an unfortunate duel at the time. I was a tad too slow, this time I'm just faster." If Ginczek stays fit, he can raise the VfL offense to a new level with his qualities. The former U21 international is aware that the European Championship in 2020 is also an international tournament. "If I score 15 goals now, I don't know what will happen," he says. "But I ame that I will follow the European Championship on vacation as a spectator."