Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed on the German football talk show “Sky 90” on Sunday night that BVB will not make any additions to the squad this winter.
“Don’t expect any news from us on Monday”, Watzke said the night before the winter transfer window slams shut in Germany although the club was on the outlook to add at least one player to their squad after selling Jonas Hofmann to Borussia Mönchengladbach and ending Adnan Januzaj’s loan spell prematurely.
All attempts of bringing in reinforcements to the thin Borussia Dortmund squad failed. Borussia Dortmund were interested in at least three players – Yunus Malli of Mainz 05 being the number one priority. Though Mainz didn’t let their star player though and the club was reluctant to trigger astronomical buy-out clause to bring Atletico Madrid’s Óliver Torres to Westphalia. BVB were also linked with Mikel Merino from Osasuna, but the deal did not materialize. “We will try again next summer”, Watzke said on the prospect of signing the 19-year-old.
What remains is the lack of depth in Borussia Dortmund’s squad who are about to play 11 matches in six weeks. Even with a fully fit squad Thomas Tuchel will hardly be able to properly rotate during the crammed schedule. Injuries or absentees like Marco Reus and Ilkay Gündogan, who missed in the 2-0 win against Ingolstadt on Saturday due to a minor cold, could easily see BVB’s Europa League and Bundesliga ambitions in jeopardy within the coming weeks.
The club will have to put their trust in the player’s health, as well as in the “new additions”. Moritz Leitner, Christian Pulisic and Erik Durm all didn’t feature in the first half term and all showed promise against Ingolstadt, but it remains to be seen whether that is sustainable when the going gets rough. Leitner and Pulisic might be able to provide some cover in offensive midfield. Though there is virtually no back up for Ilkay Gündogan, whose absence was harshly evident on Saturday. While Matthias Ginter could fill his position, he couldn’t fill the boots of the 25-year-old playmaker, as the Schwatzgelben lost a lot of their creative spark.
A question mark remains also behind Nuri Sahin’s fitness level after only featuring in nine matches since the 2013/14 campaign. BVB fans are well advised to put not too much hope into the injury prone veteran for the time being.
Borussia Dortmund took a great risk in letting two offensive midfielders go without having any replacements lined up. The reluctance to pay inflated winter fees might be a serene step with the club’s bygone financial troubles in mind. Yet they might end up paying the price for their transfer dealings – or lack thereof – over the course the next months.