It’s been an exciting, almost magical couple of years at Borussia Dortmund. The Deutscher Meister have been a revelation over the past three seasons, and, in the process, taken many people by surprise. No one could have predicted the uprising in the Ruhr valley, an uprising which was non-existent when the club were on the brink of bankruptcy seven years or so ago. But, since those dismal days in the club’s 102-year history, ‘Klopp’s Klan’ haven’t looked back since!
One aspect of the club that has defied many a pundits belief is the fact that they, in essence, are a selling club – although I do use that term lightly. After their first Bundesliga title win, Nuri Sahin, the Turk who played a massive part in taking the Bundesliga shield to the Westfalenstadion, was sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Many condemned Sahin’s sale, but a successive Bundesliga title followed – the perfect answer to the numerous BVB critics. This Summer has seen the sale of Lucas Barrios, who was top scorer in Dortmund’s 2010/’11 season, and Shinji Kagawa, the latter proving to be a vital cog in Klopp’s system over the past two seasons. Although, they’ve replaced him well…
Marco Reus: Dynamic, exciting, creative, intelligent, pacey. That’s just a small handful of adjectives which aptly sum up the 23-year-old second striker. Those adjectives also represent his finest assets to his game. Paired with his tireless mindset, Reus’ intelligence on the field is something which Jürgen Klopp will relish. His quick-paced one-two passing movements caused a host of Bundesliga defences problems, while he can definitely finish moves, which he often instigated, off – his 18 goals in 32 appearances is ample evidence. His whole game is built for Borussia Dortmund. He starred in an attack-minded Gladbach side, he’ll definitely replicate, if not better, his form at Die Schwarzgelben.
“We got him cheap, even if it was still for €17.5m.”
That’s what manager Jürgen Klopp said yesterday, the 25th of July. It’s a sentiment that I definitely agree with. €17.5 million, or around £14 million, is quite a small fee for such a huge talent. At 23, he has his future in his hands, and he feels, as do I, that his future will flourish and unravel at Dortmund. Reus started his footballing career at Borussia Dortmund, so he will know the history and prestige of the club and it’s fans, as well as the basic principles and ethics that bathe the club in glory. Much like industrious wide man Kevin Großkreutz, he’s a Dortmund man through-and-through. If you cut him in half, his blood would be Schwarz und Gelben, so to speak. Dortmund fought with title rivals Bayern München, as well as Premier League side Arsenal for Reus’ signature – surely, that’s enough in itself to show the importance of this transfer.
Jürgen Klopp is one man who deserves a lot of credit, not just for this transfer and his ambition, but he deserves endless plaudits. From his brand of football which he encourages, to the way he manages his players individually – his introduction was nigh-on a stroke of genius by Borussia Dortmund’s hierarchy. In a viciously harsh managerial world, loyalty and faith are traits which are hard to come by. Borussia Dortmund will provide the latter, while Klopp and his backroom staff the former. If it wasn’t for Jürgen Klopp, BVB wouldn’t be where they are today: Zwei Deutscher Meister.
Dortmund will face a challenge this coming season, although they negotiated a similar challenge last season, and won! They’ve strengthened well. With Stuttgart’s Julian Schieber arriving as a replacement for the China-bound Lucas Barrios, they’ve replaced raw potential with ageing quality. Oliver Kirch, signing on a free transfer from relegated Kaiserslautern, will provide unrivalled versatility and Leandro Bittencourt is one for the future. The tools are there for BVB to go on and win the Bundesliga again – and with the signing of Marco Reus, there’s obvious ambition to do so. Jürgen Klopp’s already predicted a tough title tilt;
“Schalke had a very strong team last season. As always, they [Gladbach & Schalke] will mount a close fight for the title, in addition to us and Bayern.”
There’s one thing that’s for certain: an attacking line-up of Götze, Großkreutz, Lewandowski and Reus will be extremely exciting to watch. Reus should accustom himself well to the demands of BVB’s system. Under Lucien Favre, he did very well in a similar system, but Borussia Dortmund is its own beast. I have great admiration as to how Jürgen Klopp sets out his Borussia side; attack-minded, clinical, ambitious, but extraordinarily stable. It’s a style of play which often lights up the Bundesliga, a league which is offers much more than many says it does. This is what Borussia Dormtund fans should expect from Marco – brilliance;
What can we conclude from this? We can definitely say that Reus, who was part of Germany’s European Championships squad, will be a key player for Borussia Dortmund – and in my opinion, will do even better than Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa’s a tough act to follow, but Reus has enough going for him. Not only with his technical game, but physically and mentally. €17.5 million is a lot of money, especially for Borussia Dortmund, but he’s worth much more than that!
To relive some of Marco Reus’ finest moments in a Gladbach shirt check out the video below:
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