Continuing to get their business done early, that is before the transfer window even opens, Borussia Dortmund have completed their second signing of the summer as Monchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud joins Thomas Tuchel’s ever-growing side.
The signing comes a month after Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak confirmed that he would be joining BVB on a free transfer. Although the signing of Toprak for free was an impressive one from a Dortmund standpoint, the signing of one of the game’s most talented youngsters in Mahmoud Dahoud is the far superior signing the Black and Yellows have made. Thomas Tuchel is clearly not happy with the way things have gone this season. Dortmund currently sit in 3rd place in the Bundesliga table and although they are in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League preparing to take on Monaco, this season has been a bit of a let down given all the players they brought in over the summer.
Does This Mean Julian Weigl’s On The Move?
Whether this is a preemptive move by Thomas Tuchel to secure someone in case a Manchester United or Real Madrid come in with a big money move for Julian Weigl or not remains to be seen. But I believe the both of them will be in the heart of BVB’s midfield next season and will make for a very powerful duo. Weigl has caught the attention of club managers worldwide for his elegance in possession of the ball and exceptional positional awareness in front of Dortmund’s back-four. Having Dahoud who is also a dominant figure on the ball alongside him will only help to better Weigl’s game.
The 21-year old Moncengladbach man is already a full German international and is one of the most highly rated young talents in the world of football. He first broke on to the scene last season (2015-16) with a stunning campaign in which he scored 5 goals and added 8 assists, appearing in every Bundesliga game except one! That phenomenal season earned him a spot on the shortlist for the Bundesliga Team of the Year and seriously caught the eye of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp who must be now scratching his head as to why he didn’t make a move for the Syrian born midfielder sooner. This season (2016-17), a much more mature Dahoud has emerged as he’s dominated possession in every game Monchengladbach have won, drastically improving his defensive and passing statistics while cutting back his goal scoring and play-making to 1 goal and 4 assists from 19 appearances so far. With Weigl and Dahoud both in one midfield, opposing players are going to find it extremely difficult to get anywhere near the ball, let alone reach Dortmund’s defense when in attack. If Borussia Dortmund can keep Weigl, who is also 21 just like Dahoud, around for the long-haul, the duo could develop into one of Europe’s most dominant midfield pairings.
€15 million? What A Bargain!
The deal for Dahoud comes as a bit of a shock for Dortmund fans as both Liverpool and Bayern Munich were also reportedly interested in the Syrian-born central midfielder. But managing to secure his signature for just 15 million euros is an incredibly impressive deal and brings great promise for what this off-season and what next season could have in store for Borussia Dortmund. Going in for the midfielder early has also proven to be smart business as they’ve snatched him up before anyone else even had time to make an offer.
With the signing of Mahmoud Dahoud, one of Europe’s most prized U-21 footballers, Borussia Dortmund are certainly taking steps in the right direction to better their future. If Julian Weigl can stay not just for another year but for the foreseeable future, the two could develop into one of the best midfield duos in the world of football.
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