VfB Stuttgart striker Timo Werner has hailed Kevin Großkreutz’s 'exceptional' work ethic as Die Schwaben prepare to host Hamburger SV on Saturday.
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The former Borussia Dortmund utility man played the entire 90 minutes against the Billy Goats on Matchday 18, despite not having played a competitive game of football in almost a year. Großkreutz showed no sign of a lack of match practice at the RheinEnergieStadion, though, flying into tackles with trademark determination and impressing 19-year-old frontman Werner with his high energy levels.
From zero to 100
“Considering he hasn’t played for so long, he did incredibly well,” said the youngster of the six-time Germany international, who failed to make a single appearance for Galatasaray AS after his summer move to Turkey was ruled to have been completed after the transfer deadline had passed. “He just kept running for the whole 90 minutes - like a horse! There aren’t many players in the Bundesliga who can go from zero to 100 like that. His work rate is exceptional.”