Spend a lot, get little back
Since the beginning of 2021, Dortmund has been the team in the Bundesliga that spends the most on upgrading their strikers. Calculated, the total amount of money they spent to buy new strikers up to 96 million euros.
Specifically, they bought Donyell Malen (from PSV) for 30 million euros and paid Ajax 31 million euros in exchange for Sebastien Haller. In addition, Karim Adeyemi (from Red Bull Salzburg) also costs Dortmund 30 million euros, while this figure for Anthony Modeste is 5.1 million euros.
With such an expensive attack, BLD Dortmund hopes to create a wave that makes fans nostalgic for Haaland. Unfortunately, the amount of 96 million euros that Dortmund poured into the transfer market was like a pebble falling into a still lake. When it comes into contact with the water, it immediately sinks, not bubbling.
In the Bundesliga 2022/23, Dortmund only scored 49 goals. Along with Leipzig, Dortmund is the team with the second best goal scorer after Bayern. However, this is not a proud feat because the Gray Lobster’s ability to score goals is much better than Dortmund or Leipzig. After 24 rounds, the reigning Bundesliga champion had 71 times to hit the opponent’s net.
The worry of coach Edin Terzic
In 3 seasons with Dortmund, Haaland scored 86 goals in just 89 games. Calculated, almost every game this Norwegian striker has a goal. Looking at what Haaland has done, surely Dortmund’s strikers must feel ashamed for not doing a good job of scoring goals.
Statistics show that, since playing for Dortmund, Malen has only had 11 points. For his part, the fact that Haller got his first goal for Dortmund after 12 games was also a great effort.
The player who scored 34 goals in 43 matches for Ajax last season had just arrived at Dortmund when he was found to have testicular cancer. Haller had won over death, but it was still a long way from reaching the best state before.
As for Adeyemi, the 21-year-old German young talent showed potential when he scored 4 goals in 4 consecutive matches from the end of January to the end of February. Unfortunately, at the right moment of sublimation, this player suffered a right injury. long-term leave.
The most disappointing is Modeste. With only 2 hits to the opponent’s net, Modeste is only a secondary choice in Dortmund’s attack. According to German media, the French player will leave Signal Iduna Park when the 2022/23 season ends.
With an almost harmless attack, Dortmund is relying a lot on players playing in the midfield role. In the top scorers of Dortmund this season, standing at the top are Jude Bellingham (10 goals) and Julian Brandt (9 goals) both are midfielders, not strikers.
Based on the current situation, it is understandable that Dortmund coach Edin Terzic could not hide his insecurity: “To achieve good results, we need to have a striker capable of scoring 15 to 20 goals per season. . Right now nobody in Dortmund can do that so it’s really worrying.”
Without a goal, Dortmund immediately received a bitter fruit
In the last 17 matches, only 1 match Dortmund did not score. That was the match they lost to Chelsea 0-2 at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of the 1/8 round of the Champions League 2022/23 (the first leg Dortmund won 1-0). In the series of 17 matches mentioned above, Dortmund only lost 3 matches, but the defeat against Chelsea was the most damaging because it prevented them from continuing in the continental playground.