Borussia Dortmund’s Mateu Morey picks up minutes for the club’s under-23s

Borussia Dortmund right back Mateu Morey continues to collect minutes on the pitch with an appearance against Preußen Münster with Dortmund’s under-23s.
Borussia Dortmund v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga
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Borussia Dortmund’s under-23s were on the wrong end of the scoreline this week when they took on Preußen Münster in the 3. Liga. Dortmund’s second team ended up losing 3-2, which sees Münster close the gap between them and BVB II to two pints.

While the result was far from ideal for the u23s, there is some silver lining to take from the game as Mateu Morey was able to get more minutes on the pitch. After coming on in the final minutes of Dortmund’s game against SC Freiburg over the Weeknd, Morey’s return to competitive football was met with an outpouring of love from the Dortmund faithful. 

Morey was able to play for 59 minutes in the game against Münster, which will have been a good way for the club to gauge his general fitness and ability to play at Bundesliga level. Despite these 59 minutes, one can’t expect to see Morey start for the same amount of time in Germany’s top flight. The player will likely continue to receive minutes at the end of games to gradually get him up to speed with the intensity of Bundesliga-level play. 

Morey’s ability to contribute at the top level will be important for Dortmund’s depth as the season continues to unfold. Dortmund’s options at right back include Julian Ryerson (the clear starter) Marius Wolf, and in extreme emergency Niklas Süle, though as we’ve seen head coach Edin Terzić hasn’t been very enthusiastic about deploying Süle there due to the clubs lack of center backs. 

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Should Morey continue to show he’s able to contribute and that his fitness levels are staying consistent, having him until the end of the season will be one less headache for the club to contend with. There is still the chance the club offers him a contract extension, but it will be on the the player to show he can remain fit and contribute from the fullback positions.