Re: .:The Official Thread Of GC 175:.
Following an intensely active transfer window in which the manager had
declared Dortmund's intent to move youth for experience in order to win
trophies now, the club's starting 11 has finally been settled.
GK - Petr Cech
In from Chelsea for Piszcek,cash, and a season long loan of Roman
While Dortmund had initially hoped to bring in Lyon stopper Hugo Lloris,
they remain delighted with the capture of a keeper with the track
record of success that Cech boasts.
RB - Sergio Ramos
In from Madrid for Hummels and Gundogan.
While the price was certainly high, Sergio Ramos is an elite performer
that regularly plays at the highest levels of club and country, and will
continue to do so for the foreseeable future, and brings a new level of
class to the Dortmund side.
CB - Laurent Koscielny
In from Arsenal along with Carlos Vela, in exchange for Sven Bender.
While this deal was done primarily for depth, Koscielny has been
steadily improving as a defender at Arsenal, and looks to be a future
fixture in the France starting eleven.
CB - Joleon Lescott
In for Kevin Grosskreutz.
A solid defender who has been consistency improving in quality and minutes over the past few years, his ability to cover at LB makes him a valuable asset to the depth-strapped Dortmund side.
LB - Ashley Cole
In for Schmelzer and Bittencourt.
While Ashley Cole isn't getting any younger, he remains the most
relevant of the Chelsea geezer crew. He is unlikely to lose his place for
club and country in the coming year, and this combined with the
notorious dearth of quality left fullbacks makes this a bit of a steal for
DM - Daniele De Rossi
In from Roma for Mario Gotze.
Giving up one of the world's top youths is never easy to do, but
realistically, it would be a job well done for Gotze should he ever reach the level
of De Rossi. Dortmund have named De Rossi captain of the
squad, and will look to him to provide the leadership, versatility, and
energy that he's known for as they quest for European glory.
DM - Sebastien Kehl
While on paper he seems the obvious weakest link in the new-look Dortmund side, Kehl is a relatively youthful 32 that plays a style that could easily be at least maintained for a few more years. Still, he's among the more likely candidates to be binned off alongside Weidenfeller at season's end.
RM/Wing - Ramires
In from Chelsea for Lewandowski and Perisic.
The Brazilian midfielder was among the few Chelsea players that were consistently good last season, and showed several flashes sheer inspiration and brilliance that hinted at the possibility of his becoming a true elite. With his international career expected to take off over the coming years, Dortmund are thrilled to have been able to capture him in exchange for the somewhat over-rated Lewandowski.
LM/Wing - Carlos Vela
In from Arsenal with Koscielny for Bender.
Originally intended to provide cover on the wings for Dortmund, due to some last minute transfer reversals and desperation moves, he now finds him in the starting eleven. While his natural talent is plain to see, he has to be considered more likely to revert to a support role in the future, rather than remain as a long-term starter for the Dortmund side.
CM/AM - Yaya Toure
In from City for Subotic and Leitner.
A bit of a late bloomer as footballer's go, Toure certainly seems to be saving the best for last. Last season, the 29 year old's play made a serious argument for his being the best all-around central midfielder in the world, and he will be afforded every opportunity to build on that in the coming year. Dortmund plan to play him in a somewhat advanced role behind the striker, where they hope that opportunistic vision he displayed for City will be on display once again.
CF - Falcao
In for Reus and Kuba.
If pure talent was the only factor in determining a player's quality, Falcao would be near the top. While he did not come cheap, the sky is truly the limit for the Colombian international striker. Dortmund plan to play him as a lone target man up front, and fully expect him to give the opposition defenders many sleepless nights before gameday.
In conclusion, the Dortmund manager is nothing short of thrilled with the squad he's put together. While he's shipped out a wealth in future stars, he is of the opinion that the majority current stars he's replaced them with still have plenty of opportunity for further growth. Time, however, will be the judge, as will the trophy count over the next 3-4 seasons.