How has Dortmund cultivated best strikers? Will Haller be the next in the list?

Youth prospects are always a treasure in Football. Which manager in the world won’t like to have an exciting youngster in the squad? There’s a big misconception anyways. Many believe that generational talent like Messi, Iniesta, Pedri, Gerrard, and Lampard just erupted into the scene. NO. That’s not the way it works. These youngsters are carefully grown and cultivated by the youth academies. Youth Academies scouts players, recruit them and then train them so that they can live up to their potential. When talking about youth academies, many mention La Masia, Ajax, Man Utd Youth Academy and all, but there is one thing they forget. Proper Training. Without dedicated and patient training, no player can even live up to half of his potential. And one club which is at the zenith of cultivation is Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund has a profound history of producing trail-blazing talents. It is a notable fact that none of them is home-grown. Unlike their rivals, Bayern Munich, Dortmund just doesn’t lure talented players with the help of money. They scout emerging talents, recruit them and subject them to the best possible environment. This catalyses their growth. Dortmund monitors the player throughout his contract and works on their strengths and weakness. That’s how Dortmund has given Football some of its best players.

Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and most notably Erling Haaland. They are all the products of Dortmund. Dortmund signed these players when they were either plateaued at their growth or just weren’t given enough chances. They stuck with them throughout, which led to the players unlocking their true abilities.

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Many don’t know, but Lewandowski used to play as a winger, and Aubameyang used to be full-back before Dortmund repositioned them as the best forwards in the world. Erling Haaland was a talent rejected by dozens of big clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Leeds United. His move to RB Salzburg earned him the limelight. Dortmund sensed something and bought the player. In the next two years, Erling Haaland crushed opponents flat in Bundesliga and UCL. Then he left Dortmund to join Manchester City.

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Similar things happened with Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Aubameyang. They were nurtured and brought to their best by Dortmund, but they left Iduna Park. Well, Dortmund never cared. They went on to produce one after other machines and gravitated footballing world. Now they have earned a tag as the ‘Dortmund Factory’.
Sebastian Haller is the latest name filling the ranks of Dortmund’s offense. The 6’2 feet tall striker has been at his best at the Ajax this season. He netted 32 goals and nine assists in 39 matches across Eredevisie and UCL.

Haller has been deployed as a target-man due to his domineering height and excellent aerial prowess. Dortmund believes that they can make good use of this physique in the front. It remains to be seen if Dortmund can actually reinvigorate Haller’s career or are set for a rare failure? Share your views regarding this move by BVB. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway for more updates.

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