The 2014/2015 season hasn’t even ended yet, but Borussia Dortmund are working hard on the future.
The transfer of Julian Weigl from 1860 Munich is has been confirmed by his coach Torsten Fröhling: “The transfer to Dortmund is a great gig for Julian, he will be able to play for a terrific club next season.” Die Löwen, who still have to play a relegation play-off against Holstein Kiel to stay in the second division, will receive €2.5 million for the 19 year old, who also showed promise in Germany’s under 20 team.
Julian Weigl is regarded as one of the hottest talents in the central midfield position. The tall and lanky playmaker counts “running ability, creativity and oversight” to his strengths, which makes him comparable to Moritz Leitner rather than Sven Bender – to draw parallels with BVB players, who came through 1860’s youth ranks.
After Gonzalo Castro he is BVB’s second addition that can play in central midfield. Sporting director Michael Zorc is working hard to fill the void that Ilkay Gündogan and Sebastian Kehl will leave after this season. With Johannes Geis from Mainz 05 another defensive midfielder is on his list. If that transfer is coming together, the defensive midfield would be complete. With Nuri Sahin, Sven Bender, Matthias Ginter, Gonzalo Castro, Julian Weigl – and eventually Johannes Geis – Thomas Tuchel will have plenty of options at his disposal. With the Europa League ahead Dortmund’s squad is shaping up accordingly.
Since Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Marco Reus staying at the club will have enough depth to handle three competitions – unless another huge injury crisis comes along. The transfer of Julian Weigl indicates that Borussia Dortmund are administering their old philosophy of buying cheap young talent to develop their own stars again.