There have been some troubling reports in the news recently.
Yes, there is the ongoing saga involving Thomas Tuchel’s future at the club. And of course there’s the never-ending saga of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at the club, but there was another bit of worrying news that went under the radar this week.
I’m talking about what Kicker reported the other day, that Dortmund would not buy a star striker if Aubameyang were to leave this summer.
This appeared in the print version of Kicker, which is genuinely a reliable source for information from inside the club. It seems that Hans-Joachim Watzke and company don’t want to spend the money on a striker that they should.
The striker mentioned is Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who is one of quite a few top-tier forwards available this summer. If Dortmund sell Aubameyang it will be for a massive fee, one that would probably exceed €50 million. Why not just re-invest that into another prolific striker?
I’m not saying BVB should buy Morata. The beauty of shopping for a striker this summer is that there will be options! Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti, Manolo Gabbiadini, Mauro Icardi, etc...the list of possible replacements available this summer is quite long. Watzke, and whoever is the manager, can find who they think is the right striker for our system at the right price.
But to go into transfer season already planning not to replace Aubameyang if he’s sold? That’s just foolish.
Watzke and friends should take a lesson from recent history and look back to the 2014/2015 season. Robert Lewandowski had gone to Bayern, and BVB opted to replace him with Ciro Immobile.
Long story short: Immobile was really bad. Dortmund’s lack of goals that year was a big reason why they finished seventh and found themselves near the relegation zone for a good chunk of the first half of the season. You’d think those making the transfer decisions at the club would remember how we fared the last time we failed to replace a star striker.
Hopefully Tuchel, or more likely Lucien Favre, can come into the club and convince Watzke and others that a marquee striker is needed if Aubameyang departs. Don’t blow Auba’s entire fee, but don’t be afraid to shell out a good amount of money. The club isn’t in any sort of financial peril. We won’t be able to take the next step without a move like this.
The alternative is Andre Schurrle playing striker for a season. And that alternative also includes Schurrle likely getting injured, meaning we’d end up with other attacking players awkwardly forced into the striker’s role.
No one wants that! If Auba leaves, buy a top striker to replace him. If you do, we’ll all buy his kit and that’ll only help repay his transfer fee even sooner.