For what seemed to be something of a dud buy, an expensive mistake and a questionable inquisition, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has turned out to be more valuable to the German giants than the Star of Africa diamond.
Whilst deservedly being dubbed the "Star of Africa" by avid football fans from Algeria to Zimbabwe, Aubameyang, a man who can run the whole length of the pitch at the Signal Iduna Park before you can even think about compiling his name in the correct order, is already being regarded as one of the best Bundesliga imports in the 52-year old history of the league.
However, despite sparkling on weekly occasions for Dortmund, who have relied on his seven goals from six league fixtures to climb into second place, behind arch-rivals Bayern, questions are still being asked whether the Yellow and Blacks will be able to match the strength of their alpine rivals following a season to forget.
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Despite recovering from a shaky start to turn into a standout player for Dortmund last season, where the Gabon international scored 25 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last, Jurgen Klopp's side stunk out the Bundesliga by entering the winter break rock bottom of the league.
Indeed, if it wasn't for the goals and charisma of a player, then it is debatable whether Dortmund would be travelling to the modest Hardtwald Stadion, the home of second-tier side SV Sandhausen, rather than the glossy Allianz Arena in less than two weeks time.
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Reus vs. Aubameyang
If Marco Reus is considered to be called the heart of the Tuchel's side then Aubameyang is the brain, with the 26-year-old making the difference between a BVB side full of flamboyancy and attacking vigour, rather than a team which best resembles a soggy Big Mac.
With Reus, struggling to overcome a string of questionable ankle injuries, Aubameyang has stepped up to the plate on multiple occasions to drag a rather average Dortmund side to both domestic and European success.
Whilst the Germany international is a key player for Dortmund and is still every bit of the player which terrorised the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal a couple of seasons ago, if you were to remove the attacking leadership of Aubameyang from the team then, the situation would be likened to driving a car wich has run out of petrol on a busy motorway.
The engine wouldn't set in, the driver would get agitated and everyone else on the road would also be angry, whilst several others would be flashing by, going onto bigger and better things.
With expectations bigger than ever following their impressive start to the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign where the Black and Yellows have secured five wins from their first six opening games, and with one eye focussed on amending their recent season from hell, a lot is already being asked of the 2013 Champions League champions.
Indeed, if the Signal Iduna outfit have chance of challenging Bayern for the Bundesliga trophy and giving the other big boys such as Schalke 04 and VFL Wolfsburg a run for their money then they will have to continue to rely on Aubameyang to come up with the goods.
Although Dortmund have strengthened their midfield department with the summer arrivals of Adnan Januzaj and Gonzalo Castro from Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen respectively , they will still need to rely on their new general to lead give them the determination they need when the going gets tough.
Unfortunately for Dortmund they don't have too many players who are out and out game changers other than perhaps for Reus and Shinji Kagawa, with Aubameyang being the man the whole team look to when they need someone to run a defence ragged.
If Dortmund keep Aubameyang fit and healthy and continue to mold the team around him then there is no reason why the Black and Yellows won't be able to be the team given the task of breathing down Bayern's neck this season.
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