Back in the summer of 2015, Borussia Dortmund paid 1860 Munich £2.25 million for the then-19-year-old central midfielder, Julian Weigl. The German had played since 2010 for the youth teams of the local rival, Bayern Munich.
Weigl developed greatly at Dortmund even though he had to fight with several injuries and has currently a market value of £22.5 million at the age of 23. He already played five times for the German national team even though he has got some incredible opponents for the position in the central midfield with the likes of Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and İlkay Gündoğan. He also holds the record for the player with the most contacts with the ball during a Bundesliga match. Weigl touched the ball 214 times in the game against Cologne in 2016.
Weigl’s last season
Usually the young German plays either as a defensive midfielder or central midfielder but last season he mainly played as centre-back since Dortmund had a lack of centre-backs due to injuries. In 13 of his 18 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, he was part of the central defence in Favre’s 4-2-3-1. This gets visible when we look at Weigl’s heatmap for these 18 games during the last season in Germany’s first division.
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