Borussia Dortmund succeeds with ‘clear and obvious strategy’ to find and develop young players such as Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna, says the youth head of the German club Lars Ricken
- Borussia Dortmund is flourishing with their policy to develop young talent
- German club has created an art to spot and set up young players
- Jadon Sancho was signed from Man City and accelerated to their first team
- Since then he has developed into one of the most exciting young players in Europe
- They hope to do the same this season with Erling Haaland and Giovanni Reyna
The close bond between the players and supporters of Borussia Dortmund comes from the ‘clear and obvious strategy’ of the club to develop home-grown players instead of buying superstars, according to their youth head Lars Ricken.
The English star Jadon Sancho, 19, is the best current example of Dortmund’s commitment to the youth after they signed him from Manchester City in 2017 and quickly promoted him to their first team.
Now Sancho is associated with a major money move back to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all connected to the player.
Jadon Sancho is a good example of Borussia Dortmund’s ‘clear and obvious strategy’ to develop talented young players, according to youth club head Lars Ricken
The newest addition to the club is the Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland, signed last month
Lars Ricken, youth leader of Dortmund, has talked about their success in developing players
And Ricken believes that this Dortmund template is for success, as opposed to buying players who are already established elsewhere in the first football team.
“The way we do things did not happen by chance or accident,” said former midfielder Ricken in Dortmund BBC.
‘It is a clear and obvious strategy not to buy super stars, but to create them.
“Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not superstars when they came to Dortmund. We have developed them to become super stars. It is very important for the club.
‘The reason that the atmosphere in our stadium is so good is because there is a great identification between the players and the fans. The supporters see it as a gift for them to play in our stadium. “
Dortmund’s policy to buy and improve young players is well established due to their financial problems in the early years of the 21st century.
Ricken believes that the close bond between Dortmund supporters and players is the result of their strategy to bring home-grown players
Dortmund spent Ousmane Dembele before he sold it to Barcelona with a win
They also sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal after launching his career
What started with the rise of Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels via the club’s academy, has continued with Dembele, Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic and Sancho, among others.
The first five were sold for a handsome profit with Sancho, worth around £ 100 million, the next.
They will probably do the same with Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland, who arrived from Red Bull Salzburg during the January transfer window.
And likewise with Giovanni Reyna, the son of the former Manchester City and the midfielder of the United States, Claudio, who made his senior debut last month at the age of 17 after skipping the youth ranks.
“When Gio came to Dortmund, we knew he would be a professional player,” said Ricken. “That wasn’t the question.
The American Giovanni Reyna, 17, is the newest youngster who is quickly followed to the first team
Ricken, the former Dortmund midfielder, now takes care of the club’s academy system
“The question was when will he play for the first team. Summer? Winter? Three months? Six? Everyone was sure he would do it. “
Ricken says that Dortmund is also very clear in the qualities they are looking for when they sign young talent.
“Technical skills are very important and the speed and speed of action,” he said. ‘Players in our first team are all so fast. It is unbelievable.
“The other is the mentality. The taxes we place on the players are very high. School, soccer, national teams.
‘This can all take 70 or 80 hours a week. These boys must be mature, focused and disciplined at a young age.
“We want to try to find the special one. We were quite successful with Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Jacob Bruun Larsen. “