Mahmoud Dahoud ~ Borussia Mönchengladbach to Borussia Dortmund ~ £11m
Two summers, two key midfielders out the door of Borussia-Park. In the summer of 2016-17, midfield dynamo and fan-favorite Granit Xhaka left North Rhine-Westphalia for the red half of North London. This summer, highly touted youngster Mahmoud Dahoud traded western NRW for Dortmund in the east. For a player of his ability and potential, Dortmund have a steal.
Dahoud and Xhaka combined to become one of the most potent midfield tandems in the Bundesliga two seasons ago. Dahoud now has been given the opportunity to partner up with Julian Weigl, one of the most talented young holding midfielders in Europe, in one of the most anticipated pairings in recent seasons.
Dahoud’s willingness to get forward and influence play in the final third, while also being able to sit deeper and provide a creative shield, gives new manager Peter Bosz much needed midfield balance. Now, instead of having to turn to the likes of Shinji Kagawa or Mario Götze as out-of-place central midfielders, he’s afforded the right pegs for the right holes.
The German youth international is adept at controlling possession and tempo, while also being able to pick a pass from deep, similarly to Weigl. He’s also shown he can handle some defensive duties, namely being unafraid to get stuck in a tackle, albeit sometimes in irresponsible fashion. Though he’s not able to partner Weigl yet—he is still sidelined thru injury till September—his influence and ability in midfield, despite his age, will surely be relied on for the foreseeable future.