Well as many of you know early in the summer transfer window former BVB fan favourite made the move from the German city of Dortmund to England’s most successful football club, Manchester United. Now many have claimed that Dortmund will struggle with this loss as Kagawa was arguably their best player, but I disagree and my reasons for this are the following.
Gundogan – In the summer of 2011, Dortmund suffered the loss of influential 2010/11 Player of the Year Nuri Sahin. Fortunately for Dortmund their manager, Jurgen Klopp, has an eye for hidden gems and swiftly moved to replace him with Ilkay Gundogan. This move soon paid off as Gundogan soon put his talent on showcase for the fans of the Signal Iduna Park and he played a very important role for Dortmund as they won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in the 11/12 season. This shows that Klopp will be able to use the excellent scouting system the BVB have to find a solution for this great loss.
As you can see in these two videos Sahin and Gundogan have quite similar playing styles and had a similar influence on Dortmund.
Reus – In fact Klopp has already indirectly replaced Kagawa with German attacker Marco Reus. Kagawa scored 17 goals for the BVB last season and some may think this will be a hard tally to replace but Reus has shown he can provide as much of an attacking threat as Shinji by guiding his former club Borussia Monchengladbach to a 4th place finish and a Champions League play off, to qualify for the group stages with 21 goals last season. This was a quality piece of business from Dortmund, who had to fend off interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.In addition to this, the £14 million pounds they paid for Reus is a steal when you consider Chelsea paid £32 million pounds for 21-year old former Lille playmaker Eden Hazard.
Goetze – my final reason is that with the departure of Kagawa and the purchase of Reus, Mario Goetze is likely to move into his favoured number 10 role. As it is his preferred position it is likely that he will perform even better than he already has in his time in the Dortmund first team on the right-wing. Both he and Marco Reus can play on the right-wing or as a number 10 and Mario recently stated that he and Marco will be able to fill the void that Kagawa has left in the team and I very much look forward to see the graceful displays they will put on. Also Mario will have a bit of a point to prove after missing most of the second half of last season due to injury.
If you’re still not convinced then just wait for the new season to commence as the BVB will go searching for their 3rd Bundesliga title in a row.
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