The abysmal start that Borussia Dortmund suffered to the 2014/2015 season was widely covered throughout the football community. It saw them bottom of the Bundesliga coming up to the middle point in the season and many fans were worried about what the future would hold for Der BVB. Fortunately, Jurgen Klopp and the Borussia players managed to turn it around and Dortmund finished the season very strongly in an unexpected 7th place (as well as only falling two points short of a Europa League place). The club have since been entered into the Europa League following the outcome of the German Cup.
Many theories were created as to why Dortmund had such a shocking start to the season; perhaps the one with the most truth to it was the various situations involving individuals in the squad. Der Borrusia had just lost their top-scorer, Robert Lewandowski, to league rivals and European giants Bayern Munich. Also, the future’s of key players such as: Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were surrounded with uncertainty which clearly didn’t aid the squad. However, a year has now passed with out the Polish international leading the line, Reus, Aubameyang and Hummels (whom suffered a season of controversy) have all committed to the club by extending their contracts and Jurgen Klopp decided it was time to move on after a successful spell at Dortmund; making way for former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel. All of these factors now mean that there is once again some stability surrounding the squad and they can now look forward to what is expected to be a much more exciting and successful season for Borussia Dortmund.
It has been a quiet transfer window for Die Borussen so far; with three additions and four leaving the club.
The most notable signing that Tuchel has made so far is Gonzalo Castro; the 28-year-old central midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen. The fee was rumoured to be around the region of £8m. There was an ounce of surprise from fans when this deal was announced as many felt that it isn’t the area Dortmund need to strengthen. A vast majority of Borussia fans and football fans in general feel that the club needs to purchase perhaps two-or-three real world class players in order to compete with the heights which they reached only a couple of years ago. The fact that it has been so quiet from the Bundesliga outfit in the transfer window so far could suggest that they are either preparing for or are in the process of bringing in these much needed players.
Who Should They Sign?
One player in particular that I believe is a realistic possibility for Borrusia Dortmund is Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco. Despite a number of quality and consistent performances from the 23-year-old, he is still on the fringes of the La Liga runners-up starting XI due to the immense competition which he has to face. If Dortmund were to submit an offer for the Spanish international, it should be too tempting for him to turn down. Dortmund is a massive club with the potential to be successful again and in my opinion, he is of a higher quality than both Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Unfortunately, this move seems unlikely to happen.
The Season Ahead
Der BVB fans will most likely be feeling cautiously optimistic regarding the upcoming season; with the hope that they are still to finalize at least one-or-two more quality signings before the transfer window comes to a climax. Dortmund’s opening fixture is against Monchengladbach in what is known as the ‘Borussia Derby’.