Borussia Dortmund fans were hoping that 2018 would bring back better times to the club. But Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has already disrupted those thoughts, just three weeks in.
After a detrimental and agonizing 2017 which saw Borussia Dortmund endure three managers, a bomb attack and umpteen injuries, things were finally looking up for the club. With Peter Stöger at the helm, there was a chance of getting stability back at this great club.
But up stepped Pierre Emerick Aubameyang with his whiny attitude, demanding to be sold, despite signing a new contract just months ago, to spoil any chance of the club finally getting back on it’s feet. Aubameyang is a big part of Borussia Dortmund. His goals make him almost irreplaceable, especially mid-season. But the BVB bosses must sell him or risk more disciplinary issues from the striker until the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund haven’t had the stability they so badly need since the disastrous final season under Jürgen Klopp. It was thought that Thomas Tuchel could bring back the glory days, but he was sacked before he could make his mark on the club. The calamitous reign of Peter Bosz followed, in which the club endured a two month long winless run.
Making it easy for Bayern
And now the new boss who arrives next season will have a whole lot of headaches to deal with when he arrives next season. Borussia Dortmund have a disjointed squad. They don’t have the quality to get close to Bayern Munich at the moment, let alone compete for the title.
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And now the club’s only world class player, Aubameyang, is set to depart. While his departure is a great thing when you consider the finances involved, it leaves Borussia Dortmund with a massive hole in their squad.
They are probably laughing their hearts out in Munich, with another easy Bundesliga title win coming up and no signs of any club stopping them anytime soon.
Borussia Dortmund will probably have a plan to deal with this exit. However their reluctance to spend big could lead to a transition period, which they could do without right now.
Let us hope though, that whoever joins in place of Aubameyang can hit the ground running and can help the club get back to where they belong.