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Ginczek hopeful he can shoot Wolfsburg into the UCL:
"The merry-go-round can always turn quickly."

By Peter Vice

With Bartosz Bialek ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear, VfL Wolfsburg back-up striker Daniel Ginczek retains some hope of making an impact for his side before the season concludes.

Daniel Ginczek.
Daniel Ginczek.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

The head-coach of the German Wolves often likes to bring on a second striker to complement Wout Weghorst later on in matches. Oliver Glasner's 4-4-2 reformat will need some major rethinking, however, after 19-year-old Polish phenom Bartosz Bialek blew out his ACL during a training session over the break.


Bialek has a German teammate with who shares a Polish name on Germany's green company team; an attacker eleven years his senior who has logged only 193 minutes this season. It has been, to put it mildly, a frustrating campaign for Daniel Ginczek. The veteran feels about as fit as he has in his entire career, yet hardly gets a chance to play.

"It's been my personal worst sporting season," Ginczek told Kicker's Thomas Hiete, "You break at a certain point. I think that's human. I had a phase during which I thought too much; was a bit tense in training."

Most considered the 30-year-old an almost certain transfer candidate during the January window, but Ginczek himself denied that he had any contacts with other clubs.

Regarding his future with the club he is contractually bound to until 2022 after the season, the German striker hinted that it wouldn't last beyond the final three fixtures.

Asked what he might make of the headline "Ginczek shoots Wolfsburg into the Champions' League", the veteran replied that it would serve as "a reconciliatory goodbye."


Ginczek nevertheless left matters open. With Wout Weghorst potentially on the move after the season and Glasner's departure treated as fact by many in German footballing circles, a man who's career featured many peaks and troughs emphasized that he knew how quickly fortunes could shift in football.

"It's going in the right direction again," Ginczek remarked, "the merry-go-round can always turn quickly."


Wolfsburg
(4-2-3-1)
1Koen Casteels (C)
19Kevin Mbabu ↩70
4Maxence Lacroix
25John Brooks
6Paulo Otávio ↩90
24Xaver Schlager
27Maximilian Arnold
20Ridle Baku
17Maximilian Philipp ↩82
7Josip Brekalo ↩90
9Wout Weghorst
Bench
12Pavao Pervan
33Daniel Ginczek
15Jérôme Roussillon ↪90
34Marin Pongracic
39Tim Siersleben
14Admir Mehmedi
23Josuha Guilavogui ↪82
31Yannick Gerhardt ↪70
40João Victor ↪90
Union Berlin
(3-1-4-2)
1Andreas Luthe
5Marvin Friedrich
31Robin Knoche
4Nico Schlotterbeck ↩69
34Christian Gentner
28Christopher Trimmel (C) ↩75
33Sebastian Griesbeck
32Marcus Ingvartsen ↩46
25Christopher Lenz ↩69
9Joel Pohjanpalo
24Petar Musa ↩68
Bench
20Loris Karius
10Max Kruse ↪68
15Marius Bülter ↪69
18Keita Endo ↪46
6Julian Ryerson ↪75
23Niko Gießelmann ↪69
7Akaki Gogia

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