January transfer targets, This week: Borussia Dortmund
BvB have been almost faultless so far in the Bundesliga and are now the title favourites, in this installment of 'January transfer targets' we analyse what has made Dortmund so brilliant this year.
Of course the most blatantly obvious factor for their fine form is on the wings, in Ashley Young and Marco Reus they have to world class wingers that cause the opposition endless problems all the way through matches. Add to that Tammo Harder, Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng and Jakub B?aszczykowski means they always pose a threat down the flanks.
In the striker position Dortmund don't have an out-an-out scorer and experts have said that this could be their undoing later in the campaign, Ezequiel Rescaldani, Adrien Ramos and Ciro Immobile have yet to really find their feet at the Signal Iduna Park yet no such worries have come for Ivan Klasnic. At least not in the Pokal (German Cup) having now hit two hat-tricks in a row in that tournament Klasnic has not had such luck in the league though and is yet to contribute a Bundesliga goal for Iconic's side.
Dortmund need their strikers to pull their weight more in the goalscoring department.
The defence has improved massively since the beginning of the season with Mats Hummels and Sokratis this almost immovable centre back pairing after the departure of Nven Subotic to Real Madrid. The emergence of Jon Gorenc Stankovic has also meant that Dortmund have a solid centre back for every game along with Mohamed El-Bouazzati and are tipped to be the rock in their defence for the next ten to fifteen years.
Stankovic has been billed as a world class defender for the future.
Timo Horn was Dortmund's most prominent summer signing but has endured a tough start to his Dortmund career and has another injury which looks to keep him sidelined for November and some of December, Horn is out injured along with Tammo Harder, Zeljko Brkic and Jakub B?aszczykowski. His broken finger gas given Roman Weidenfeller the chance to reassert himself as the number one for his club and has made good on his chance making key saves in games against Augsburg and Lille showing he's not yet ready to give up his first team spot just yet.
Horn's injury problems has meant that he's missed a big chunk of th campaign.
But whilst Reus and Young dazzle you, Hummels and Sokratis lead the defence brilliantly, Weidenfeller, Horn and Brkic make gravity defting saves and Immobile is now scoring, Sven Bender is truly the man that makes them tick, he is the engine of Dortmund squad. He's the battling player that every team needs to win, a great tackler who can also make his presence known at the other end of the pitch, remember his goal against Bayern. He can also play at centre back and played there in pre season (whilst Kehl was in the DM position). He has now been labeled Dortmund's key player so far and fans are calling for Sven, who's brother Lars plays for Bayer Leverkusen, to receive a new contract. This makes sense with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all interested in signing him Dortmund will be aware that he could move soon. With his current deal expiring in July 2017 Bender has decisions to make and Dortmund's impressive start may help sway his decision to his current club.
Bender has been his side's key player this term.
The one problem with the Dortmund team is that when they are without Bender they can be easily dominated in the middle of the park, there have been rumours linking Dortmund with these three players.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg Like Bender Mavuba has a brilliant engine which allows him to run up and down the pitch with ease.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg Strong tackler and is equally good at the other end of the pitch to score goals.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png Is a key player for Lille and would cost a lot of money to get.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png Cannot play in the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE as he has played for Lille in the group stage.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png A player of his quality may scare Bender away and make him force a move away.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg Is available for cheap due to transfer listing.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg Can play in UCL.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png He's probably transfer listed for a reason.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png Is he to slight for the DM role?
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg Romero is a great player for the future.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg He can also play in the centre of midfield.
http://thumb7.shutterstock.com/thumb_small/71644/71644,1174497267,1/stock-photo-tick-mark-2920889.jpg He could be the future engine of Dortmund.
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png He's a predictable signing for this story
http://www.clker.com/cliparts/M/F/9/r/c/6/x-mark-red-th.png He would take time to settle in the Bundesliga and that is a trouble.