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Man of the Month: October 2016

Who was this month’s standout player?

Borussia Dortmund - Training & Press Conference
Who was this month’s standout player?
Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images

It’s time for a new article theme! For the first time, Fear the Wall will be awarding our very own “Man of the Month” award. This award will go to the player that best represented the club over the course of the previous month.

Yesterday was Halloween, the final day of October. It marked the end to what was a pretty dismal month for Borussia Dortmund. BVB finished the month with two wins, three draws, and a loss in all competitions. In addition to poor results, the squad was consistently plagued by injuries, with almost no one staying healthy for all six matches. There were only a few players that managed to escape the storm completely unhurt. Of this short list, there is one clear player whose performances were a cut above the rest.

The October “Man of the Month” Award Goes to:

Sporting Clube de Portugal v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

While it was by no means a perfect month for Julian Weigl, he still showed why he is considered one of the most exciting young players in Europe. As the holding “1” in the 4-1-4-1, Weigl is arguably more pivotal (pun intended) than any other man on the pitch. This month, his role as a distributor was made very difficult for him. One of the main causes of this was an injury to Raphael Guerreiro, who compliments Weigl quite well at center-midfield, when healthy. The use of solely attacking midfielders, (like Kagawa and Götze) at the two CM spots made our buildup play look incredibly awkward at times.

Despite all these difficulties, Julian Weigl consistently dominated the midfield. Even in games when the rest of the squad played poorly, he still performed at least up to par. Without a doubt, his standout performance was the away leg against Sporting. On a night when our youngsters dominated, he was the single biggest reason behind our victory. In addition to his clockwork-like passing and underrated defense, he scored his first ever goal, and it was one heck of a shot.

Do you guys agree that Julian Weigl was this past month’s MOTM? Who do you think will be the club’s standout in November?