Borussia Dortmund have added no fewer than six players in the summer so far, most of them talented young players with bags of potential but little experience to this point.
One of those six, full-back Raphael Guerreiro, checked off the second part late on Sunday evening, winning Euro 2016 with Portugal against host nation France.
The 22-year-old, whom Dortmund signed from Ligue 1 side Lorient for a reported fee of €12 million, was instrumental in his country’s winning their first major international trophy, playing in all but two matches and impressing on both ends of the pitch.
He regularly shut down attackers on his left side of the field defensively and was active going forward, showing off his passing qualities as well as a wicked left foot. Guerreiro almost became the hero in Stade de France in extra time, but his fantastic free-kick only struck the bar. With team-mate Eder scoring the winner only a few minutes later, however, he won’t mind.
Once the festivities are finished for the versatile 22-year-old, he will get a few weeks of vacation and presumably join up with his new team-mates at the start of August.
The Black and Yellows and sporting director Michael Zorc deserve major kudos for tying the promising Guerreiro up ahead of the Euros for what looks like a definite bargain after his performances in his native France. There’s no telling how much he’d cost now, but it’s safe to assume Dortmund got a major discount by acting so swiftly.
With Marcel Schmelzer already in fold and looking likely to wear the captain’s armband next season and Guerreiro proving his worth at the international level, head coach Thomas Tuchel could be faced with quite a luxury problem. Thankfully, the newly crowned European Champion isn’t only a full-back, rather he can play in a more offensive role, too.
We’d suggest Tuchel find a way to play the both of them. Dortmund won’t be worse off.