Niclas Füllkrug makes his first mark on European football
The strikers at Borussia Dortmund have not really got going this season, and their very modest goalscoring tallies tell a daunting story.
Sebastien Haller and Youssoufa Moukoko have only scored one Bundesliga goal between them and Niclas Füllkrug has two league goals to his name. Much of this has been down to the lack of service that the strikers have received – or in the case of Moukoko, a lack of real opportunities. With the profile of striker that both Haller and Füllkrug are, they both require to be constantly fed in order to score at a higher rate.
Borussia Dortmund’s opener on the night had Füllkrug as feeder and the one who was fed. Terzic might be adamant that his team are not prioritising playing sexy football, but the first goal of the night involved some quick passes and moves that was indeed… sexy.
A series of exchanges between Füllkrug and Marcel Sabitzer (including a wonderful flick) opened up the Newcastle defence, and the former made the most of his opportunity.
His goal against Newcastle made Füllkrug the oldest German goalscorer to bag his first Champions League goal since Sebastian Kehl in 2014. He may not be the classic BVB striker by grace or namesake, but last season’s top Bundesliga scorer is easing into the team ever so gradually – with a touch of favouritism from Terzic which is starting to pay off.