Jeremy Toljan’s time at Borussia Dortmund appears to be up, after reportedly being left out of manager Lucien Favre’s plans for next season.
According to WeltFussball, Toljan isn’t being considered by Favre. Dortmund took the Bundesliga title-race down to the last day, but were ultimately pipped to the title by Bayern Munich this term. It’s now been eight years since Dortmund have won Germany’s top prize.
Unsurprisingly, it appears that Dortmund don’t feel they need Toljan to do it either. BVB currently have Lukasz Piszczek as their number one right-back. They’re also heavily linked with a move for Barcelona right-back Mateu Morey (Kicker)
That could push Toljan way down the pecking order at the Bundesliga heavyweights. The fact he’s barely managed to make any form of impact at Parkhead also won’t help him.
It’ll be a blow for him too. He was only signed from Hoffenheim at the start of the 2017/18 campaign. He even managed a fine 27 appearances in his debut season in Dortmund. And that’s what’s made his lack of impact at Parkhead even more confusing.
Toljan needs to pick himself up
Usually, it can take loan players some time to settle in. For the German, however, he never really has become accustomed to life as a Celtic player. He just doesn’t have the quality to do so, and that’s been proven in his 14 appearances since arriving in January.
It probably sums up Brendan Rodgers’ recruitment that he managed to find us a right-back even worse than what we already have. Nobody even knows if Toljan has more to add than this. Such has been the consistency of his poor outings, it’s seriously difficult to defend him.
It looks as though he’s going to have to impress elsewhere next season. Dortmund not being interested in keeping him on is hardly a surprise. But when you watch Toljan play down either flank, he doesn’t seem anywhere near Bundesliga quality.
Perhaps it’s just a key indicator of what happens when a player goes so long without game-time. After all, Toljan hadn’t played a single minute of football this season before Celtic signed him up.
Even so, he surely won’t be back at Parkhead next season. If he truly wants to make his mark in football, he needs to rediscover whatever it was he had at Hoffenheim. Until he does, it’s difficult to see where he could make any impact.