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Julian Weigl: Can Borussia Dortmund talent revive career at Benfica?

According to Sky Sports, Julian Weigl has all but sealed his move to Portuguese giants Benfica in what is thought to be a £17m deal. But who exactly is the German holding midfielder, and how could this be the move he needs.

Benfica have snapped Weigl away from the clutches of top European teams and have managed to slap a £100m release clause on the German. However, the question still lies: Can he finally reach that golden potential and guide Benfica somewhere meaningful, especially in Europe?

At 24 years of age, Julian Weigl has been at Borussia Dortmund since 2015 after he signed from 1860 Munich. Following his arrival, Weigl has mustered almost one-hundred appearances for the Westfalen-based club, featuring in the Champions League on multiple occasions.

Julian Weigl – Style of Play

A stylistic similarity to Frenkie de Jong, Weigl’s composure on the ball is something highly sought after in the modern game. His ability to escape pressure with a daring simplicity had Manchester City watering at the mouth, but things have changed.

Featuring 13 times this season, the central midfielder has been used more as a centre-back, and this has lead to frustration. Averaging almost six long balls per game exemplifies this further as his desire to be involved in kickstarting attacks forces him to play large diagonals.

His career has simply just stagnated. It is a sad sight but the interruption of Benfica into his career could be just what he needs. An interesting move to say the least but the game is played at a tempo I’d have thought would suit him better. Furthermore, he will feature in every single game. A sure talent with a high ceiling, you can only hope that Julian Weigl can maximise his potential.

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