It is customary for the Black and Yellows to reboot after a big name leaves.

Borussia Dortmund has long been one of the primary talent-producing factories in European football. The club has produced many great players including Robert Lewandowski, Christian Pulisic, and Aubameyang in recent years. The latest player to emerge from the factory is Erling Haaland, who joined Manchester City this year.

Since arriving at Westfalenstadion in 2020, Halland has been a sensation. In addition to being hailed as a generational talent, his stats at Dortmund were unbelievable as well. He scored 86 goals in just 89 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. The Westfalenstadion side will now need a solid tactical tweak to fill in those gaps left by Haaland’s departure.

Die Borussen will be seen under a new coach Edin Terzićin the coming season and also has signed Karim Adeyemi as Halaand’s successor. Let’s check out how Borussia Dortmund can lineup after Erling Haaland’s departure.

4-3-2-1 with Adeyemi upfront

How Borussia Dortmund can lineup after Erling Haaland departure
Karim Adeyemi recorded 23 goals in all competitions for RB Salzburg this term. (Courtesy – Marca)

Marco Rose primarily used a 4-3-3 formation for the majority of the last season. But with Haaland gone, the new coach will look for something new. During his interim tenure at Dortmund in 2020-21, Edin Terzic used a 4-3-2-1 formation, and he may use that same formation this season.

The Black and Yellow team has already done a good job in terms of transfers by acquiring Niklas Sule in defence and Salih Ozcan in midfield, both the players will perfectly fit this system. Dortmund’s defence was shaky last season, but with Marco Reus, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard joining the attack with Adeyemi upfront, the 4-3-2-1 gave them some assurance with two deep-lying midfielders.

3-4-3 with Reus- Adeyemi- Malen

In the Bundesliga last season, Marco Rose deployed a three-man defence in 10 of the 34 games. With the options available currently, Edin Terzic may have the ideal 3-4-3 lineup. Dortmund has signed two of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga this season in FC Bayern‘s Niklas Sule and Freiburg’s Schlotterbeck. Mats Hummels is already in the squad, so this trip may go well.

They already have Raphael Guerreiro and Thomas Meunier who could play a pivotal role on wings and track back to serve as shields down wide lanes with a three-man defence. Jude Bellingham will also be fully employed to the best of his abilities in this system. Dortmund’s only drawback in this formation would be the absence of any box-to-box midfielder. Alex Witsel would’ve been a perfect fit, but he recently left the club, leaving a huge hole to fill.

4-4-2 with Adeyemi and Malen upfront

Despite the departure of Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund have some lethal strikers on their roster. They have Youssoufa Moukoko, Steffen Tigges, Donyell Malen, Karim Adeyemi and others in their strikers’ arsenal. Malen was signed last season but failed to replicate his PSV form. It was largely due to playing out of position on wings when he is a natural striker. Dortmund has already signed highly rated Karim Adeyemi, who scored 23 goals for Salzburg last season. It’s clear Dortmund has some exciting strikers, which gives Terzic the best option to play two upfront.

Considering the limitations of the current squad, Terzic might find the 4-4-2 system to be a very appealing option for his first season. With the likes of Reus, Brandt, Hazard, Reyna, and Malen in attack, Borussia Dortmund does indeed possess some big names but lacks a ruthless midfielder. 

In midfield, Jude Bellingham was the sole tough guy who mainly played the pivot role. Emre Can and new signing Ozcan are Terzic’s only options in midfield. The situation may force him to purchase a 4-4-2 formation with two wide midfielders and two midfielders in the middle of the park to dictate games.

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