Michael Zorc has hinted that Borussia Dortmund will not be signing a new striker to provide back-up to Erling Haaland this summer.
Just as they did last season, Borussia Dortmund are going into the new campaign with only one natural striker in their ranks. And sporting director Michael Zorc does not see the need for the Black and Yellows to invest in another number nine this summer. Zorc also pointed to the fact that Borussia Dortmund scored 84 goals in the Bundesliga last season, a club record, when asked if the team needed a new striker.
Speaking to German magazine Kicker, Zorc said: “We did not score too few goals last season.”
In the absence of Paco Alcacer, and then Erling Haaland, head coach Lucien Favre often used the likes of Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt in the false nine role. Haaland, Sancho and Reus all reached double figures in terms of goals in the Bundesliga last season.
“In that sense there is no longer the classic number nine,” Zorc added.
Borussia Dortmund decided against signing a second striker last summer as well. The decision was later described as a mistake by CEO Hans Joachim Watzke at the annual general meeting in November.
Borussia Dortmund will be able to use highly rated striker Youssoufa Moukoko in the Bundesliga when he turns 16 in November. Moukoko will start training with the first team squad from July 30, but Zorc has warned against putting too much pressure or raising expectations of him.
Zorc also confirmed that Borussia Dortmund will need to sign a replacement if Jadon Sancho leaves this summer. But Kicker report that no talks have taken place yet with Manchester United, who are interested in signing him.