Niclas Füllkrug: 5/10
Recently, we did an in-depth look at the signing of Niclas Füllkrug on the penultimate day of the transfer window. His signature was confirmed after weeks of rumours that Dortmund were looking to add a third striker to their ranks, despite suggesting that funds were limited and would only be spent smartly.
The fans’ outrage was directed at the fact that the signing of a centre-back or a full-back was not prioritised despite the lack of depth in those positions. Most notably, BVB pulled out of signing Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap – only for him to sign for Dutch side PSV on loan.
Füllkrug himself finished as the top scorer in the 2022/23 Bundesliga season, which is highly impressive. It is unfair to suggest that he is a bad player, but it is an indication of the poor decision of those in charge to spend around €15m in a position they are well equipped in – with Sébastien Haller and Youssoufa Moukoko already competing for a spot.
The signing of an additional striker is pointless when the system does not maximise any profile of striker and only one number nine is used.