Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt has conceded that his current situation at the Signal Iduna Park is ‘difficult’, but has no intentions of discussing the matter with manager Lucien Favre yet, as quoted by Bulinews.
Brandt joined BVB in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen when the Westfalenstadion natives spent a reported £22.1million (Guardian) to complete a second deal of the day, after announcing the arrival of Thorgan Hazard from Borussia Monchengladbach for £22.5m.
Since Brandt’s arrival at the Signal Iduna Park in the summer, the Germany international has started just three fixtures across all competitions, with Favre instead favouring the attacking midfielder as an option to turn to from the bench (TransferMarkt).
It was from the dugout where the 23-year-old scored his only goal in black and yellow to date, as well, after coming on in the 70th minute for Hazard against FC Augsburg on the opening day of the Bundesliga season and scoring in his competitive debut 12 minutes later.
Starts at Union Berlin and against his former side Leverkusen did not paint a positive image of his talents to Favre, though, who hooked the Bremen-born man in the 61st minute when two goals to the good against Peter Bosz’s struggling Die Werkself.
Brandt returned to the starting line-up against Slavia Prague in the Champions League last week where he created both goals in a 2-0 win, but again found himself amongst the substitutes when the Bundesliga returned to action at SC Freiburg on Saturday.
The former Wolfsburg youth player has now admitted that his current situation is not ideal, but accepts that the team is greater than the individual.
“It’s difficult, that’s clear,” Brandt said following Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Freiburg, where he came off the bench in the first-half for an injured Lukasz Piszczek only to be replaced late on.
“You sit on the bench a lot and only come on for short periods of time, then you’ll play 90 minutes only to maybe find yourself on the bench again. The coach has his reasons for lining up the way he does. I didn’t want to talk to him about it. I’m not above the team, so it was all right.”
Brandt putting the team above himself during what he describes as a ‘difficult’ spell of his career shows great thinking by the 23-year-old, as he could easily become disillusioned by such infrequent and inconsistent appearances having been one of Favre’s signings in the recent summer window.
The 2016 Olympic silver medallist must also see that his performances in the Bundesliga warrant a start should Favre look to rotate his line-ups, as Brandt has not been at his best in the league this term.
Having dazzled with Leverkusen as he recorded ten goals and 17 assists across all competitions last season (TransferMarkt), Brandt has only managed to play five key passes so far this term and four of his seven shots have been off-target (WhoScored).
He has also lost possession every 34.4 minutes through unsuccessful touches and been dribbled past on half the occasions he has attempted a tackle.
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