Gio Reyna and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens scored as substitutes against Augsburg. But there are also clear losers in the new competition at BVB.
Edin Terzic often had good reason to shake his head in despair during the wild 4-3 win over Augsburg. Defensively, Borussia burned a lot. On the other hand, however, there are four goals, which launched a whole new series of attacks at the end of the 90 minutes. The coach finally has more options on the bench and uses them: “I’m super happy that we have a lot of guys back.” Even before the second game of the year at FSV Mainz on Wednesday, there are indications that there could be a role reversal, especially in attack.
Terzic first trusted a trio against Augsburg, who had often played together in the first part of the season. Karim Adeyemi and Donyell Malen as wingers along with Youssoufa Moukoko as centre-forward formed the attacking department – and largely disappointed.
Painting should bring potential to the place
Dutchman Malen was in the starting XI for the tenth time and continued almost smoothly with his previous ideas: he just doesn’t bring his potential to the pitch; almost nothing happened on the left side against Augsburg. Too few impulses and hardly any danger of scoring accompany his way to Dortmund. A Bundesliga assist and a 3.4% goal contribution speak for themselves.
His opponent on the right flank offers the same picture. Karim Adeyemi, however, made an effort in his twelfth league appearance for BVB, demanded the ball and ended up scoring his first goal in Jude Bellingham’s opener. While Adeyemi showed a slight upward trend, the reverse was true for Moukoko. With a dedicated performance, six goals and four assists, he edged out Tony Modeste last year. Now, having signed his new contract, the 18-year-old has followed up with one of his weakest performances with 8 ball contacts in 62 minutes.
It made sense for Edin Terzic to react to his attacking trio’s performance against Augsburg and send a new formation onto the pitch after around an hour – because he can do that now. A few weeks ago there would have been a lack of real alternatives. Now, after the return of the long-term injuries and successful preparation, the coach finally has other options. For the rest of the season and already for the next matches in Mainz and Leverkusen, the new competition promises more weight. The substitutes delivered quickly against Augsburg, especially the two new wingers. Jamie first met Bynoe-Gittens, then Giovanni Reyna.
Jamie Bynoe-Gittens seeks one-on-one
For England’s Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, it was a bespoke comeback after a serious shoulder injury and a month-long break. In the Bundesliga, he was on the pitch for the fifth time this season; in just under 200 minutes, he already has two goals. The 18-year-old goes to work with a lot of recklessness and self-confidence, looking for a one-on-one and a conclusion.
Bynoe-Gittens can create magic moments, praised Edin Terzic: “We missed this type of player a lot. We missed him a lot with his quality and skills.” With him, the question doesn’t seem to be whether he will win the duel against Donny Malen on the left – only when. Terzic will consider whether the fitness and shoulders will allow him to start at Mainz.
Dribbling strength, game intelligence and dynamics
Giovanni Reyna also hopes for it as soon as possible. Behind the American lie difficult months, including a failed World Cup. His teammates were only happier with the magnificent goal of the victory against Augsburg. Reyna has proven several times before that he can make the difference with his running and dribbling skills, his dynamics and his playing intelligence.
And then there is Sébastien Haller after his resounding comeback. 22 ball contacts in half an hour, a success rate of 93% and a positive duel record, with 3.8 kilometers more than half of what Youssoufa Moukoko achieved in twice as much time: Haller puts a lot of pressure on the youngster, and he couldn’t make his goalscoring threat.
Edin Terzic leaves no doubt that the changing of the guard at the front will not take long: “Seb feels more and more comfortable and has found his rhythm. We’ll see how far that’s enough for the starting XI, whether it’s Wednesday or Sunday to see.”
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