When the Federal Football League Borussia Dortmund brought the transfer of defensive players Abdou Diallo under the roof, there was great relief.
No wonder: The 28 million-euro expensive deal had preceded tough negotiations with the FSV Mainz 05. In the Rhine-Westphalia, the Frenchman had celebrated a strong debut year in the highest German game class, yet the amount of the final payments surprised one or other observer. A few months later, all skepticism has vanished.
As a modern interior defender with strengths in the construction game, Diallo has become indispensable in the system of trainer Lucien Favre. Even a parking pass to emergency brake against 1899 Hoffenheim has not changed the status of the 22-year-old. 13 Mandatory betting –all from the beginning –speaks for the high esteem that will be given to the U21 national player in Dortmund.
BVB legend Kehl: “Now you see what is in it”
For Sebastian Kehl, head of the licensing department at the BVB, the positive development of Diallos does not come from approximately.” Abdou is very mature for his age,”the”kicker”quotes the ex-pro, who attests to the young defensive man a”huge potential”. Its “dynamic dribbling into the free spaces” is an important factor for the Dortmund attack game.
The little Wacklers at the beginning of the season, when Diallo was involved in counters from time to time, are normal, according to Kehl. Everyone needs that time. Now you can see what’s in it,”said the long-time Borussen captain.
All the more bitter that the Youngster had to leave the place after 14 minutes with an adductor injury during the Cup game against Union Berlin (3:2 n.V.). How long the table leader will be missing is unclear.