Five players who could turn Dortmund’s fortunes around
The love affair between Borussia Dortmund and their fans, many of whom are international and have adopted the club as their ‘second team’ seems to be reciprocal, after enjoying a sensational surge back into the higher echelons of Germany’s Bundesliga over the last few years.
Their start to this season has encountered teething problems, as they struggle with the curse of injuries, and to replace former striker Robert Lewandowski’s goals.
A home defeat to strugglers Hamburg was admittedly unexpected, though are still 25/1 second-favourite’s to win the title.
Coral suggest five players who could turn their fortunes around and take them to the next level.
Who better than to replace Lewandowski with than his international strike partner, Milik? Currently plying his trade with Dutch team Ajax, he is battling with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson for a place in the starting XI, though has eight goals in six appearances across all competitions this term. Having also netted twice in two games for Poland, and at just 20 years old, he already looks like he would be a very good signing. Jurgen Klopp should pounce now.
If the talent of his brother Sami is anything to go by, Rani will be even better. Currently playing for ambitious Bundesliga 2 club RB Leipzig, the 20-year-old central midfielder has an eye for a pass and has displayed all the signs of developing into an exceptional player. He is certainly one for Klopp to keep his eye on.
The Ukrainian-born German defensive midfielder currently plays for Schalke, but to progress into the Germany national team may need to move to a bigger club. The 26-year-old has one goal to his name this season, and has a proven particular proclivity to striking from distance. His positional sense could certainly enhance Dortmund’s squad.
One area Dortmund are currently severely short in is the left back position, with only Eric Durm available, though Marcel Schmelzer can fill in there. The Wolfsburg player excelled for Switzerland at the World Cup, and was linked with a move away from his club in the summer. Three goals and one assist in seven Bundesliga matches also demonstrates his attacking ability, and could certainly improve Klopp’s crop.
Also of Schalke, this star is tipped for big things and, if Dortmund showed ambition, there is no reason why he wouldn’t head to Dortmund. He would certainly appease the fans who showed their frustration at Mario Gotze’s move to Bayern Munich, and he bossed Chelsea in the recent Champions League clash.