Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Has the Time Come for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Leave Borussia Dortmund?

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Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been with Borussia Dortmund since the 2013/14 season.

Over the past five years with BVB, Aubameyang has become one of the biggest football brands in the German top tier Bundesliga.

The 28-year-old made over 200 appearances for Dortmund across all competition and scored whopping 139 goals. This season Aubameyang scored 11 league goals and is currently a 3/1 price to become the Bundesliga top scorer.

Impressive goalscoring exploits have made the Gabonese a major presence on the pitch whereas his luxury lifestyle also put him under the spotlight off the pitch but his rise to the top hasn’t been easy.

Rocky Road to the Top

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started his football journey at Serie A giants AC Milan.

As a son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang, the 28-year-old nurtures a strong feeling towards the Italian club. A younger brother to Catilina and Willy, who have both gone through AC Milan youth teams, Pierre-Emerick also wanted to become a Rossoneri player.

He was never given a proper opportunity to show his qualities in Italy, however, and ended up being sent on loan spells to Dijon, Lille and Monaco before moving to Saint-Etienne on a permanent deal for the 2010-11 season without making a single competitive appearance for AC Milan.

His rise to prominence took a longer than anticipated path but the Gabonese earned his much-deserved break in Germany where under the guidance of former boss Jurgen Klopp he developed into a cracking player he is today.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the total of 96 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund but his road at Westfalenstadion appears to be nearing its end.

Problems in Paradise

Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2015/16 season got off to an excellent start of the campaign under former coach Thomas Tuchel but his relationship with both the manager and the club started deteriorating as the January transfer window approached.

Aubameyang was left out of the squad by Thomas Tuchel for the Champions League return leg against Sporting CP after breaking club rules. He travelled to Milan instead of staying in Dortmund which was a move interpreted as Aubameyang’s clear message that he wanted to leave the club.

He even spoke of his ever-lasting dream to play for Real Madrid, which was perceived as a come-and-get-me plea but ultimately ended up staying in Dortmund with the Bundesliga club refusing to let him leave.

The new season brought old problems to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The BVB striker endured a tough few weeks in the 2017/18 season which resulted in scrutiny over his below-par performances and another disciplinary suspension.

The player claimed to have been left baffled by the ban, believing he hadn’t done anything wrong this time out whereas Dortmund initially officials refused to comment on the reasons.

With Borussia Dortmund’s season not going according to plan, it is becoming increasingly likely that after several seasons of intense speculation Aubayemang could leave Borussia Dortmund.

Where to Next?

The Gabonese striker is in no shortage of interest. The host of European top clubs would love to add the African goal-machine to their squad.

The latest in line, much to everyone’s amazement, Everton. The Toffees have struggled to replace Romelu Lukaku and regard Aubameyang as a perfect big-name replacement for the Belgian.

They will face stiff competition from just around the block with Liverpool believed to be in the running for the 28-year-old as well. Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool’s leverage in any potential deal for the Gabonese, who is also wanted by Chelsea.

Some reports claim Aubameyang could turn down a chance to move to Premier League with struggling AC Milan mentioned as an option. The Dortmund ace is reportedly keen on an emotional return to Rossoneri where, this time around, he’d be treated completely differently.

Which club would suit him best in your opinion?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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