1.Failure to cement the Robert Lewandowski gap
Much of Dortmund’s recent success can be attributed to their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski, whose amazing goal scoring spree catapulted the Westfalia to great heights. Plausibly, his departure was a huge void to fill and Dortmund’s failure to do that has boomeranged on them.
Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos, for an accumulative fee of 30 million, were shipped in as a ‘two-for-one’ replacement for the Pole. Although the duo had great spells with their former clubs, Torino and Hertha Berlin respectively, they have failed to recreate those heroics with Der BVB and look like a pale shadow of themselves.
Ideally, a new recruit takes a few months to acclimatise to their style of play, to go by the old Dortmund myth, but if that stands true, it then begs the question as to why Dortmund did not go for a direct replacement for the Polish international ?
Their inaccuracy to address this issue has had unwelcomed repurcussions on them.