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Borussia Dortmund Eye Move For Norwich Defender Also Targeted By Tottenham Hotspur: Wise Option?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to The Sun, Borussia Dortmund are among clubs interested in Ben Godfrey. The Norwich City defender has become a subject of interest across top clubs in Europe, following an impressive debut season in the Premier League. Godfrey, who is valued at around £25 million, is also tipped to leave, especially with the Canaries likely to face the drop next season.

As a result, Dortmund are on red alert as they look to reinforce their defensive department in the summer. But, they could face stiff competition from Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the pursuit of Godfrey.

Why Borussia Dortmund need defensive reinforcements

Despite missing out on the Bundesliga title, Borussia Dortmund have enjoyed an excellent 2020 so far. One of the key reasons behind their success this year was the introduction of the three-man backline that has rejuvenated an otherwise vulnerable defence.

Indeed, Lukasz Piszczek and Mats Hummels have been excellent at the back while Dan-Axel Zagadou and Manuel Akanji have also performed well. But, at the same time, Dortmund must think ahead, especially with Hummels and Piszczek nearing the final phase of their respective careers.

In fact, next season is presumably going to be Piszczek’s final season as a professional footballer. With youngster Leonardo Balerdi failing to make an impact in the first-team, coach Lucien Favre must make moves in the market.

Borussia Dortmund are among clubs interested in Ben Godfrey - Leonardo Balerdi hasn't been able to make an impact.
MARBELLA, SPAIN – JANUARY 05: head coach Lucien Favre of Borussia Dortmund and Leonardo Balerdi of Borussia Dortmund gestures during day two of the Borussia Dortmund winter training camp on January 05, 2020, in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Is Ben Godfrey the ideal target?

There has been an influx of English players in the Bundesliga this year, with a host of Premier League clubs now allowing their youngsters to move to German football to gain experience. Although Dortmund are actually looking to sign Godfrey permanently, the Bundesliga could indeed be an ideal destination for the Norwich City defender given the recent trend.

Tactically, Godfrey’s technical prowess should tune in well with Favre’s classic attack-oriented approach. He should offer additional support to Hummels from the left side of the back three – something Akanji or Zagadou haven’t been consistent at. Although the former has done exceptionally well since the restart, his lack of a passing range remains a worry, especially when facing big teams.

That’s where Godfrey comes into the fray. The Englishman can not only distribute possession but also effortlessly switch the play, which could be far more effective in the Bundesliga than it is, in the Premier League. But more importantly, it is his commitment and aggression that should help Dortmund become more proactive without the ball.

That being said, it remains to be seen whether the Black and Yellows will be willing to splash £25 million for Godfrey, given the financial losses inflicted due to the Coronavirus. A departure of one of their stars could actually be necessary if they are to make a move for the Norwich City star this summer.

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