Good Morning Fear The Wall!
The potentially season defining clash between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt is fast approaching, and after the kerfuffle that was the 2-2 draw with Cologne, BVB could really do with a confidence boost before facing Die Adler. It seems like they’re going to get that boost, in the form of several important players returning from injury.
Ruhr Nachrichten is reporting that Rapha Guerreiro and Marco Reus have both returned to training, and while Mateu Morey is still recovering, he will be back on the training pitch very soon. If BVB could call on all three on Saturday, that would really strengthen the squad.
RN have also said that Sancho is making good progress in his recover from injury, however, he will be out for a while longer.
Dortmund will need all hands on deck if they are to take anything from the next couple weeks, so the return of these key players like Guerreiro and Reus is great news. On top of that, Jadon Sancho’s return could be instrumental in Dortmund making good on what has been a disappointing season for BVB so far.
The Goalkeeper Nonsense will Never End
So yesterday The Daily Bee included a Ruhr Nachrichten report that the search for a goalkeeper is just a precautionary measure and the club is leaving the decision up to new boss Marco Rose. That seemed to suggest that it is likely that BVB will be sticking with Hitz and Burki next season. But what else are we going to talk about during an international break? Of course there are more rumors linking Dortmund to goalkeepers! This time it is Lille’s Mike Maignan, and the report is coming from the relatively reliable France Football (via BVB Newsblog).
Borussia Dortmund is interested in the French goalkeeper Mike Maignan from Lille. They are convinced by his style of play, which suits Marco Rose - good in the air and technically very good to build up the game. Lille is asking for around €25m.— BVB Newsblog (@bvbnewsblog) March 29, 2021
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Maignan is a solid goalkeeper, though I think he is a bit too comfortable taking risks, and I’m a little less convinced by his build up play than above. That said, I think he is a much better option than most of the names we have been linked with so far. He was initially quite high on my list when scouting potential replacements, but I concluded that he wasn’t quite good enough to justify spending a decent chunk of money on a 28-year-old keeper... He is 25.
I don’t know how I managed to make him a few years older, but it was just enough to drop him out of my top three targets. Having discovered that he is actually a shot-stopping Benjamin Button, I would view Maignan as one of the better options out there, though I still think there are a couple others we should be prioritizing.
Thomas Delaney Making it Look Easy
Finally, if you ever need reminding of just how much better at football every single one of these players is than all of us, watch Delaney casually scoring a ridiculous scorpion kick in training.
The Daily Buzz
The weather is lovely here in London. It only happens for about four days a year, but when England is nice and sunny, it is wonderful. Even better when the pubs are open and we can actually enjoy it! What is your favorite season, and why is it summer?