With the signature of Roman Bürki, it was obvious that one of the remaining goalkeepers at Borussia Dortmund would leave before the start of the season. As reports are emerging, it won’t be Roman Weidenfeller to seek new endeavors, but Mitchell Langerak, who is linked with a move to VfB Stuttgart for €1.5 million.
The 26 year old Australian goalkeeper played second fiddle to Weidenfeller for the most part of his time at Borussia Dortmund since joining from Melbourne Victory in 2010. Only in the last stretch of the 2014/15 season Langerak won the rank of first choice goalkeeper – but rather due to Weidenfeller’s lack of form, than a rise of his own game.
A move to VfB Stuttgart, who let Sven Ulrich go to FC Bayern and acquired Polish goalie Przemyslaw Tyton from Elche, seems to be the sensible career choice. With the prospect of Roman Bürki at the helm, Langerak is in desperate need to increase his chances to make regular appearances on the football pitch. With Roman Weidenfeller apparently staying put, Langerak is in danger to even fall as low as third choice goalkeeper, which is as risk he cannot afford to take at this point of his career.
After all, he is 26 years old and has to get his foot into the door before the next generation of goalkeepers overtakes him on the fast track. Being a fan favourite in Dortmund won’t accomplish that, when he is living in the shadow of Bürki’s limelight, but a move to another club might.
It’s a shame that Langerak isn’t rewarded for his loyalty, discipline and sportsmanship that he showed throughout the past four years, as Borussia Dortmund don’t regard him as fit enough to be their number one goalkeeper.