Borussia Dortmund’s Jayden Braaf joins Hellas Verona on loan

Jayden Braaf. (Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Getty Images for DFB)
Jayden Braaf. (Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Getty Images for DFB) /

Borussia Dortmund have sent Dutch youngster Jayden Braaf on loan to Hellas Verona until the end of the season.

Recent rumors linking Borussia Dortmund’s Jayden Braaf to a loan move have come to fruition with the young Dutch winger headed to Hellas Verona in Serie A for the remainder of the season. This will not be Braaf’s first stint in Italy’s top flight; The player initially joined Udinese on loan from Manchester City’s youth setup back in February for 2021 for half a season.

A change of scenery might be exactly what Braaf needs at this time for his career. Braaf has made 7 appearances for Borussia Dortmund II in the 3. Liga. He was only allotted 266 minutes across those appearances, which likely played a role in him currently having zero goals and assists to show for his time.

Braaf joined Dortmund on a free transfer from Manchester City’s U21 side. The move has been seen as “low risk” due to the fact that Dortmund didn’t need to pay a transfer fee. While at Manchester City, Braaf showed glimpses of his talents, with his 2019/20 season being the most prolific. He scored 12 goals and provided 3 assists across 29 appearances for City’s U23 side while still in his teens.

As per RN, Braaf’s loan includes an option to buy. Hellas Verona will be able to keep the Dutchman with the club should he impress them during his stint there. As for Dortmund, the club did not include a buyback option but did allegedly secure a sell-on clause should the player ever make the jump to a stronger side from Hellas Verona.

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Braaf’s stint at Dortmund has been quite underwhelming at a time where the club are ailing for players who can play a role out on the wing. It is unfortunate that Braaf is seemingly not seen as a player that fits the mold for the first team, but one can see this as the club acting quickly to make room for other talents that may play a a more substantial role for Die Schwarzgelben.