Johannes Geis, now play of FC Schalke 04 – He was on top of Borussia Dortmund’s transfer list at the end of 2014/15 season. The signature of 21 year old defensive midfielder from Mainz 05 was only a formality, as the regional newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung reported. Yet the U-21 international ended up at Dortmund’s bitter foe instead.
Sporting director Michael Zorc now shed light onto the matter in an interview with Kicker. “Yes, we have thought intensively about Johannes Geis. He is a super talented boy, but on the grounds of our squad situation we didn’t see the necessity at the end of the day.” With Sven Bender, Nuri Sahin, Matthias Ginter, Oliver Kirch and the signatures of Gonzalo Castro and Julian Weigl Borussia Dortmund already secured plenty of options for the defensive midfield even before Ilkay Gündogan decided to stay for another season. Which is why BVB opted out of the Geis transfer early. “We already decided weeks ago, that we won’t do it.”
Having seen Thomas Tuchel experimenting with a 4-1-4-1 formation, among others, during the friendlies with only one holding midfielder ahead of the defense, an additional central midfielder would have unnecessarily bloated the squad. The question remains, whether BVB should have considered Geis instead of one of the new signings, but only time will tell for sure.
Johannes Geis will undoubtedly fare well at Schalke, where he has a better chance to receive playing time. The youngster explained his move to the Royal Blues in Bild, by stating that Schalke had put more effort into signing him – which is another way of saying that Gelsenkirchen wasn’t his initial first choice.