Julian Brandt is currently preparing for his third season at Borussia Dortmund. But there have been rumors about Brandt’s future at BVB for a long time. Should the midfielder stay with the cup winner? The pros and cons.
Pro: Marco Rose could be the ideal coach for Julian Brandt
By Jochen Tittmar
No question: after two seasons and 87 competitive games for BVB, you would get a video of impressive length that only consists of devastating scenes by Julian Brandt. Inexplicable bad passes, sloppy counterattacks, lost duels – there are enough reasons why Brandt has not ignited in Dortmund since his move in 2019.
Probably the most important reason, for which Brandt is of course partly to blame, is that ex-trainer Lucien Favre did not find an ideal use for the 25-year-old. Favre tried Brandt in different positions, on the grand piano or even as a nine. But Brandt lacked above all consistency and assertiveness.
That can of course also be said about the phases in which Brandt played where he belongs and sees himself: in midfield. When Favre used him after switching to a three-man chain at the end of 2019 as a liaison player between defensive and offensive, i.e. as a six against the ball and as an eight in possession, the genius in Brandt’s game has increasingly displaced the madness.
Julian Brandt needs a place in the center at BVB
Despite the numerous rumors of change about Brandt, it makes a lot of sense that Brandt is now trying again under the new coach Marco Rose. But only if Rose doesn’t treat him as Favre once did. Brandt can certainly also be deployed flexibly in emergencies, but in the long term he needs a permanent place in the center – this was already proven by his strong final phase as tenth in Leverkusen under Peter Bosz.
Brandt’s ball skills are exceptional, he has excellent technique and a high level of game intelligence. Despite all the competition in the squad, it would be a shame if BVB were not used for such a player in the third year.
However: It would also be a shame if Brandt missed this possibly last chance in Dortmund. He urgently needs to improve, especially in the defensive one-on-one and the intensity of his entire game. This is exactly what Rose and his idea of football could prove to be ideal for Brandt.