Thomas Delaney is set to be a part of the Borussia Dortmund team council, and will now have a leadership role in the team.
According to SportBILD, Delaney will replace Lukasz Piszczek in the Borussia Dortmund team council after the latter’s decision to step down from vice captaincy. The veteran defender had earlier made the decision to resign from the team council ahead of his final season in professional football, in order to give younger players more responsibility and leadership.
Delaney joins club captain Marco Reus, vice-captain Mats Hummels and Axel Witsel in the team council. SportBILD report that head coach Lucien Favre made the decision to choose him as he has been impressed with the Dane’s leadership qualities. The 29 year old is reportedly considered to be a leader both on and off the pitch. He is a vocal presence in the dressing room and also looks after the club’s youngsters.
Delaney captained Borussia Dortmund in Borussia Dortmund’s pre-season game against Paderborn with both Marco Reus and Mats Hummels absent. And he is regarded very highly in the squad.
Earlier this summer, there were rumours claiming that Delaney could be one of the players to leave Borussia Dortmund in the transfer window. Hertha Berlin were reportedly interested in signing him. But the decision to appoint him in the team council is another big signal that Lucien Favre is planning with the combative midfielder.
Delaney joined Borussia Dortmund from Werder Bremen in 2018, and has made a total of 52 appearances for the club. He has two years remaining on his current contract with the Black and Yellows.