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Patrick Ebert has always had the pedigree. The 25-year-old was included in Horst Hrubesch's Germany squad that won the 2009 Euro Under-21 title.
In Ebert's last season for Hertha Berlin, his average Kicker match ranking was 199th out of 211.
When Hertha convincingly won the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga (2010-11), Patrick was on the outside looking in.
He had ruptured his ligaments during preseason. Meanwhile, teammate Nikita Rukavytsya (12) was second only to Alemannia Aachen's Zoltán Stieber in league assists (17).
Peter Parker, a Hertha Berlin supporter, spoke about Ebert's carefree approach to football (via B/R):
I live 10 minutes away from the Olympia Stadion and Hertha's training ground and a friend of mine lived in the same building Ebert did.
Let's say, he wasn't too keen on focusing 100 percent on football e.g. staying up late, parties and unhealthy food prior to match days.
As a matter of fact, I ran into him once at a kebab stand prior to a second division match and the kebab guy told me a few similar stories.
Patrick has been reborn as a Real Valladolid player, showing La Liga followers that he's an elite talent.
The one attribute that will make him a viable Premier League transfer target is his crossing. The flight, dip and accuracy is astounding.
He would be an ideal fit if Tottenham Hotspur sign a strong centre-forward who can lead the line and has an aerial presence—i.e. Leandro Damião, Christian Benteke or Adám Szalai.
Ebert has also scored five goals and has had some dazzling individual moments, which suggests he could play inside-out or be tasked with more scoring responsibilities.
Durability is certainly a concern but Spurs can always protect themselves contractually.
For a couple of million pounds, the pros outweigh the cons.
|League Only ||A ||SCPG ||P% ||C%
|Aaron Lennon ||6 ||2.1 ||85.5 ||21.0
|Antonio Valencia ||4 ||1.4 ||84.1 ||19.6
|Juan Mata ||9 ||2.6 ||84.9 ||18.9
|Patrick Ebert ||5 ||2.2 ||75.4 ||30.7
|Raheem Sterling ||2 ||1.6 ||84.5 ||15.7
A = assist/s; SCPG = shots created per game; P% = passing percentage; C% = crossing percentage