Borussia Dortmund played their final friendly against Real Betis in Wuppertal on Saturday. The best news has already emerged ahead of the match. Adrian Ramos was be back on the field after being sidelined with an ankle injury for three months and even scored his first goal in the 2-0 victory. (Watch highlights here)
Even after the announcement of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract extension until 2020, BVB desperately need Adrian Ramos to be fit. Now, that Ciro Immobile has been loaned out to Sevilla FC, Aubameyang and Ramos build Dormtund’s entire strike force. With bi-weekly matches to come in thick and fast, Thomas Tuchel will have to make sure to distribute the load to not overextend his players.
It will be a new beginning for Ramos, who failed to make an impact in the first season. The Colombian striker, who arrived for €10 million from Hertha BSC only played two Bundesliga games over full 90 minutes and scored only two league goals. Now Ramos will be handed a better chance to present himself in a yellow shirt, after being disregarded by Jürgen Klopp. The striker is a good supplement to Aubameyang and should receive enough minutes to get into his grove.
Though BVB are still lacking depth upfront. Marco Reus or Henrikh Mkhitaryan are suited to play a false nine, but if either Aubameyang or Ramos pick up an injury, Dortmund will be in trouble. Sporting director Michael Zorc is keeping his eyes open for another squad player, who can play upfront. Borussia Dortmund have so far been linked with 19 year old Obbi Oulare from Club Brugge and even with Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado.