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Even in his second year in Düsseldorf, Thomas Pledl is still waiting for the breakthrough. Strange: The only fortune was the winger in every second division game. He rarely delivers.
Indeed: Not goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier, not the goal scorer Kenan Karaman or Rouwen Hennings, not even defensive long-time favorite Matthias Zimmermann is the player with the most season appearances in the Düsseldorf second division team. Thomas Pledl is number 1 here, he was on the pitch in all 21 games, but this record reads better than it really is. Because in total there are only 993 minutes, an average of 47 per game, hardly more than half time.
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Fortuna Düsseldorf had positioned itself with a strong winning streak. Two defeats in a row suggest that there will be nothing with the return to the Bundesliga this season. In many areas the deficiencies are serious. © imago images Rouwen Hennings and Fortuna Düsseldorf have been waiting for a win for four games.
The former U-national player started eight times, 13 times he was asked as a joker, he scored a goal. The general impression, however, persists: every now and then the agile dribbler provides a few highlights, but it is not really important for the red-whites.
Pledl: too fluctuating and inconsistent
The first year was completely unsatisfactory for the winger in the Bundesliga, also because he had to pause for a long time with a torn knee ligament, but even before that, Pledl was very rarely asked by Friedhelm Funkel. But he wanted to bite through in Düsseldorf, and he started his second year on the Rhine promisingly, for example with his winning goal in the cup game at his ex-club FC Ingolstadt. But so far it has not been enough for a breakthrough; The winger shows himself too unsteady and inconsistent in his missions.
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Fortuna weakens in the outer positions
Always there, seldom but convincing: Pledl really does not come up in his second year at Fortuna, after all, decorated with the Fritz Walter Medal in Silver 2012 and rated as a great talent early on Tours. There are a lot of possible uses, because Fortuna is weak overall in the outer positions.
His contract expires in the summer, it is still unclear whether there will be a future for him at Fortuna. Because somehow he hasn't really pushed the gate open - and currently remains a promise that has not been kept. On Sunday against Hanover, Pledl should initially only sit on the bench, especially if Shinta Appelkamp can start his comeback as planned after his fiber tear.
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