When signing Donyell Malen, Borussia Dortmund also envisioned regular goals. But his goal tally remains "unsatisfactory", as Sebastian Kehl now clearly put it. The Dutchman has to deliver.
Donyell Malen has been playing for BVB for almost a year and a half. During that time, the Dutchman has scored ten goals in all competitions. Apart from his playful input, the number of hits is far too low compared to what is expected of him.
It is becoming clearer in the current season: After 15 appearances, he only scores one goal. There are several, much more defensive players in black and yellow who are much more dangerous than the winger.
"His performance is not yet where he would like to be and we see him with his abilities," confirmed Sebastian Kehl to the Ruhr Nachrichten, the prevailing dissatisfaction with Malen's level of performance so far. Nevertheless, you still believe in the 23-year-old, assured the sports director.
"His goal tally is not satisfactory, that's obvious," Kehl stuck to the plain text. He explained: "There is only one way to change that: hard work. If he goes this way, he will also really help us."
If you start to interpret, you could also understand this statement as an appeal to paint. Do you think internally that he's not doing enough to boost his performance and threaten goals? After all, it is noticeable that he too often cannot assert himself in the game. He regularly gets stuck on the defenders because his dribbles don't develop the desired penetration either. Here, too, the goal risk is lost.
"I think he finishes dangerously, we see that a lot in training," Edin Terzic contradicted this thesis somewhat. However, the coach also has to protect him a bit, which is why he remained optimistic: "It's only a matter of time before we see it on the pitch."
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as BVB officials call Malen: "Goal score not satisfactory".