The rise of Julian Ryerson: Borussia Dortmund’s most underrated player

Arriving as a defensive reinforcement at a bargain price, Julian Ryerson has become an important member of the BVB squad, and we should expect to see him a new contract soon.
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Final 2023/24
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Final 2023/24 / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages
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In January 2023, a little-known Norwegian full-back named Julian Ryerson signed for Borussia Dortmund for a humble fee of five million euros. With Thomas Meunier injured at the time, and BVB short on cash, Ryerson was seen as a bargain option to add squad depth and replace Meunier until he returned from injury.

A year and a half later, however, Julian Ryerson has become one of Borussia Dortmund’s most reliable performers, having impressed in most outings with his valiant effort, hard work, and versatility on either side of defence. While the 26 year old's contract runs through the summer of 2026, it has been rumoured that Sebastian Kehl and co. may offer him an extension soon. So this seems like a good time to take a look Julian Ryerson's career so far, and what his future might hold for him. I believe it'll be in black and yellow. 

Julian Ryerson made his professional first team debut in 2015 with Viking FK in the Norwegian Eliteserien, the highest division of professional football in the country. There, he made over sixty appearances across four seasons, primarily playing as a left-back. It seemed the young Norwegian wanted to expand his horizons and he sought a move abroad, finding a new home in Berlin, Germany at an up-and-coming club called Union, playing in the 2. Bundesliga. Moving to Germany was the catalyst in propelling Ryerson’s career to the next level.