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BVB wants to invest in the biggest problem area – these 7 players will be perfect
BVB and coach Lucien Favre are currently struggling. Shortly after his team celebrated a 3-2 victory against Inter Milan after a 2-0 deficit, they were already grieving after the 0: 4 defeat at Bayern Munich on Saturday night.
Especially striking in the Dortmund match against the champions of record: lack of penetration in the offensive. The small and agile Borussia Dortmund striker – Brandt, Sancho, Hazard, Götze and more recently replaced Guerreiro and Alcácer – rarely crossed the line with their dribbling and short passes and could barely withstand the aggressive pressure from the Flick fight team. After the final whistle, you can read the statistics: only two goals scored by Borussia, and he only won 37 percent of his duel.
Is BVB a strong attacker? The debate was last season and again debated in the summer. And: Because of that the BVB meeting room now seems uneasy. Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc want to intensify the storm in the winter transfer window, "Bild" reported. With the type of striker, Dortmund is not currently in the squad, but it is clearly needed.
The person who receives a duel and wins. A goalkeeper who can tie the ball and sometimes even plays high, even if Lucien Favre doesn't play high ball. To please Favre, Mister X must have good technique, be smart in the game, and be safe. Almost Paco Alcácer is a large body, which complements and reduces the Spaniard but is not a direct competitor to the style of play. Prototype: Robert Lewandowski.
In the summer, Dortmund might have the chance to sign Frankfurt Sébastien Haller at the time. Changed but for 40 million euros to West Ham United, play usually 90 minutes. In other words, BVB will not be able to return to the Bundesliga after half a year of the Premier League. But which Borussia Dortmund striker should be in the winter?
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For example, a high striker called Mario Mandžukić's "image". The 33-year-old former Bayern striker is currently in front of Juventus: For the Champions League squad, coach Maurizio Sarri hasn't considered it in Serie A, runners-up this season haven't played a minute.
Mandžukić, 1.90 meters, will be an investment without major risks: He speaks German, knows the league and can help young players with his experience and attitude. He can score goals too. In 110 Bundesliga matches for Bayern and Wolfsburg, he met 53 times; for Croatia he scored 33 goals in 89 international matches.
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Erling Haaland, 19, the son of former ManCity midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, made the right start to the season. In the Austrian Bundesliga, the 1.91-meter striker from RB Salzburg seems to meet at will. He has scored 15 goals in twelve matches and prepared six more. And on the European stage too, the Norwegians are like bombs and chasing notes. On his debut in the Champions League, he scored a hat-trick, rising to become the third youngest hat-trick shooter in the first class. Behind Wayne Rooney and Raùl. He was also the first player in the Champions League to score six goals in his first three matches.
Therefore, Europe's top clubs have long been waiting in line, even Borussia Dortmund, if you believe the rumors. However, in the past, BVB proved that they could surpass Manchester United, PSG and, as they were all called, in terms of talent. However, a certain club named RB Leipzig was also interested. And because of the reason players changed from RB Salzburg so often to RB Leipzig …
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Mariano Díaz, 26, trained in youth at Real Madrid, has never been able to win in the Premier League. In 2017 he left Madrid in the direction of Olympique Lyon. France then paid eight million euros for the attacker from the Dominican Republic. That's where he goes. A year later, Real bought it back for more than 20 million euros. He got number seven from Cristiano Ronaldo who was dropped on his shirt – and then it didn't work anymore, Díaz was only allowed to play 19 times for the White Ballet. In the current season he isn't even a minute in the yard. Winter changes seem realistic.
Díaz showed his expertise at OL:
In October, the Spanish portal "OK Diario" already reported that BVB Díaz had in mind. Therefore, Dortmund is looking for a loan in the winter. But even rival Schalke 04 is said to have an interest in the original Spaniard in the summer, as "Bild" reported at the time.
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Why not the German national striker again? Luca Waldschmidt, 23, from SC Freiburg can score goals and has good technique. His coach Christian Streich summed it up in an unrivaled way: "The Luca can kick." Waldschmidt's expertise is currently displayed in Breisgau, and he showed it at the U21 European Championship this summer, where he was the top scorer.
He still has to work with his strength. But the logical step for young strikers like Luca Waldschmidt to develop further, will actually be a change to the big clubswho also plays internationally and can develop talent. Borussia Dortmund will become an association like that …
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When Moussa Dembélé, 23, played for Celtic Glasgow in the summer of 2018, Borussia Dortmund is said to have made several investigations as to whether to sign the French midfielder. At that time, they were looking for a replacement solution for Michy Batshuayi, who returned to Chelsea after his loan spell. But Dembélé, who was not related or married to former Dortmunder Ousmane Dembélé, later moved to Olympique Lyon. There he met in the current season nine times in twelve league matches.
Dembélé is a clippersman, he is strong and strong in the air. About himself, he once said that he is a complete striker. It must also please Lucien Favre …
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Another striker, who might like the Swiss BVB coach, because he does not plan big attackers in his system, is Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven. The 20-year-old Dutchman – in a real sense – is a small exception to this list: With 1.79 meters, he is the shortest striker we want to bring here in the race. Malen has scored ten goals in ten matches at the Eredivisie. Overall, he came in all competitions with a quota of 16 goals and seven assists in 19 missions. Painting quickly, dribbling and refusing to press, he remained calm even under pressure.
He is a reliable goal scorer, even with dangerous long range shots. Donyell Malen is a person similar to Paco Alcácer – maybe a compromise solution between Zorc, Watzke and Favre in the search for winter storms?
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As part of a herd of Frankfurt buffaloes, he attracted especially attention last season: Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old Serb moved to Real Madrid in the summer for 60 million euros, but did not move there. Karim Benzema is located at the center of the storm. Jović only completed 319 minutes in the Real jersey, during the full season he was allowed only at the end of September in a 2-0 win over Osasuna. Before the start of the season it was agreed in Spanish and Serbian media that Real Jović wanted to lend. This did not happen.
Maybe the leaders and strikers should think again about loans, because 319 minutes is not Jović's claim, nor is it from Real, who has invested 60 million. However, that will only be a short-term solution for the BVB storm. Because Jović will inherit 31-year-old Benzema in the medium term. A decent loan for Dortmund, know Royal: Achraf Hakimi's real loan developed at BVB from a young player has become one of the most attractive full-back talents in the world. He is a symbol of Hurricane-Dortmund: Together with Marco Reus he is the best cross-competition goalscorer at BVB – and as a defender.
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