Grading Borussia Dortmund's summer signings

We take a look at how Borussia Dortmund's summer signings have fared at the club since their arrival.

UEFA Champions League 2023/24Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United FC
UEFA Champions League 2023/24Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle United FC / ANP/GettyImages
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Felix Nmecha

Felix Nmecha, Angelo Stiller
VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga / Adam Pretty/GettyImages

As a starting point, it could not have gone worse for Felix Nmecha. For the few times that he played, the Dortmund shirt looked heavy for him as he looked sluggish and off pace, with many fans not knowing where exactly he would fit in. Quite a concern for a player who was bought for €30million+ as the marquee summer signing.

The minutes started thinly from the bench, and when he did get the chance to start, he looked poor despite grabbing an assist on his Bundesliga debut. As the season grew on, his confidence grew and Nmecha managed to have more of an influence on matches.

The second half of September and October saw massive changes and improvements in his demeanour, ball progression, confidence and ability on the ball. A crucial win against Newcastle proved to be his best game in a Dortmund shirt thus far, where he scored the only goal in a narrow 1-0 win in Tyneside.

Unfortunately for Nmecha, he picked up a hip injury soon after that, and he has not been seen on a football pitch since. The severity of the injury has kept him out for an undefined period with no clarity publicised on a return date as of yet. It is highly frustrating from a BVB point of view that the injury came when things were finally looking up for the former Manchester City academy product.

Hopefully, there will be more football to judge him on this season, but it would not be all that surprising for him to be ruled out until the late spring at this point.

Grade: C

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