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After a Training Ground dispute, Mahmoud Dahoud Continues to Ride the Bench

Mahmoud Dahoud and Edin Terzic had a disagreement, and the German Midfielder has failed to feature since

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Mahmoud Dahoud
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Will he ever play again for Borussia Dortmund? That is the question surrounding Mahmoud Dahoud as he continues to train in the lead up to this weekend’s match at the Signal Iduna Park against FC Augsburg. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, Mahmoud Dahoud was in a training ground dispute at some point early in the year. The German publication states that Dahoud apologized and the team has moved on, but the former Borussia Monchengladbach maestro has not seen the field since.

The Syrian-born German midfielder last featured in a match against Eintracht Frankfurt on the fifth of December, starting in the 1-1 draw. A week later, Borussia Dortmund lost at home to VFB Stuttgart 1-5, Lucien Favre was sacked, and Edin Terzic replaced the Swiss tactician as Head Coach for the remainder of the season. A two-time capped German International, Dahoud has been an unused substitute in the following three Bundesliga matches against Werder Bremen, Union Berlin, and VFL Wolfsburg before not traveling with the team to face RB Leipzig for undisclosed reasons. Before the Christmas break BVB faced Eintracht Braunschweig in the second round of the DFB-Pokal, and while Dahoud did not feature in that, he had a slight knock from training which kept him out of that match as well.

In addition, BVB Newsblog is reporting Dahoud is being linked for a possible winter transfer to AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1. However, an offer has yet to be made, and I find it highly unlikely given Dortmund would be left shallow in the midfield given Axel Witsel’s season-ending injury.

Seen as a fresh young pair of legs to inject creativity and ball control in the engine room, Dahoud’s nearly $14 Million arrival in 2017 just hasn’t worked out. An everyday starter at Borussia Monchengladbach, Dahoud has become rotational at best for Die Schwarzgelben. Earlier in the season, it looked as if we were finally going to see the real Mo Dahoud as he had some really impressive performances early on under Lucien Favre, creating an unlikely strong pairing in midfield with Thomas Delaney. Those days seem forever ago now, and the future doesn’t look good in Dortmund currently, especially considering Mo is out of contract in the summer of 2022. Will the BVB board consider a bid if it comes in? Stay tuned to this one and we will keep you updated with any further developments.