While they can be considered fallen giants for the time being, after their failure to finish in the top five in the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund are by no means a depleted squad.
They have managed to keep all their big names this summer, as well as not losing backroom staff members after the departure of Jurgen Klopp.
They have a plethora of attacking midfielders at their disposal, many of which would be starting at most top clubs in Europe.
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After a mediocre season Marco Reus looks like the nickname Rolls Reus fits him again, and his supporting cast is no joke.
After eight games in all competitions Dortmund’s goal tally is thirty, a whopping 3.75 goals per game so far. No one is expecting them to keep this up for the entire year, but last year they had problems with scoring goals following Robert Lewandowski’s departure - those problems look long gone.
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The arrivals of strikers Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile did not work as BVB hoped they would, and Immobile has been sent to Sevilla on loan while Ramos remains a second-choice option to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
This lack of depth could be worrying for them should Aubameyang pick up a serious injury. Therefore, would a loan signing of another attacking midfielder make much sense for The Black and Yellow?
Kevin Kampl has just left the club for Bayer Leverkusen, so there is one more spot in the rotation that Adnan Januzaj could fill. While that makes sense for Dortmund, he is only 20-years-old and his growth will be stunted by not playing regular first-team football.
The only feasible reason for Januzaj being loaned out is if United plan to bring in a big name in the midfield or attack. They are on the verge of completing a deal for Anthony Martial, but after selling Javier Hernandez they are still short.
The truth about Januzaj is that he is somewhat undiscovered potential. There have been moments where his quality is visible – and it is very tempting to say flat out that he is going to be one of the world’s best.
But when will the breakthroughs come where he rises through the ranks of talent? His first team football must come sooner or later, and he is far too ambitious than to accept it anywhere other than a big club.
Dortmund and United both have things to consider in this move. Was it a good idea on Louis van Gaal’s part to let him leave?
He has already scored one of their few Premier League goals so far this season after just four games. There is other youthful attacking talent there in Memphis Depay, and him and Januzaj could become a force together.
Dortmund must also consider how to continue the Belgian’s development while he is with them. He can learn from players like Shinji Kagawa and Reus, and hopefully work together with them in head coach Thomas Tuchel’s system.
Wherever he is, he is too good to be sitting on the bench more often than not.
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