29-year-old Poland international Jakub Blaszczykowski leaves BVB for Italian side AC Fiorentina. “Jakub Blaszczykowski will be loaned out for the rest of the 2015/16 season” reads the official statement of Borussia Dortmund. According to Ruhrnachrichten Forientina have the option to make it a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The winger, who joined Borussia from Wisla Kraków in 2007, was a stalwart on the right side of BVB’s midfield, playing 197 matches for the club in the Bundesliga.
Hailed as the “Polish Figo” when he arrived as a 21-year-old, it took “Kuba” a few years to really get going at Dortmund. He played a major part in both Championship winning seasons under Jürgen Klopp and had his best statistical season in 2012/13, where he scored eleven and assisted another 13 goals in just 27 Bundesliga matches. He also started 10 games during Borussia’s amazing Champions League run that year.
Injuries took their toll on Blaszczykowski over the last couple of years. A torn ACL just six minutes into the Rückrunde of the 2013/14 season saw him out for more than six months, during recovery training he suffered a muscle injury that added another lengthy pause.
In total, “Kuba” appeared in only 13 Bundesliga games since January 2014, starting a mere six of those.
Two more injuries in this summer’s preseason prevented him from taking part in both BVB’s trip to Asia and the club’s summer training camp in Switzerland.
Under new coach Thomas Tuchel it became apparent that Blaszczykowski could become available, seeing he didn’t make the match day squad for any of the club’s eight competitive matches this season. The assumption is Blaszczykowski leaves the club in order to ensure playing time with the 2016 European Championships on the horizon. Poland coach Nawalka has made sure he will only consider players who are regulars for their respective clubs.
Although Borussia Dortmund have signed Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United on a one-year loan deal, fan favourite “Kuba” will leave a hole in the squad – as much on as off the field. The Pole has been important in the dressing room embodying a leader and a role model for his team mates.
One of the genuinely good guys in Football, the pleasantly quiet 29-year-old will definitely be missed by an overwhelming majority of BVB fans.