Gio Reyna “most comfortable” in midfield for Borussia Dortmund
Gio Reyna enjoyed an impactful October window with the U.S. men’s national team and the 20-year-old will now try and carry that production over to the international level.
Reyna is back with Borussia Dortmund ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage trip to Newcastle United. After scoring twice in the USMNT’s 4-0 victory over Ghana last week, Reyna will aim for a similar impact in a crucial European match for Edin Terzic’s squad.
Reyna’s versatility has seen him used as an attacking midfielder and winger for both club and country in the past, but Terzic hinted at keeping Reyna more central in his squad going forward.
“Gio, like Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, feels most comfortable in the center,” Terzic told Sport1 in an interview. “We always try to take that into account. However, like Brandt, Gio is rarely found on the wings when he plays there. They open the wings and always move into the half spaces. Gio is definitely the most dangerous and can pose the most goal threat [there].”
Reyna has only made one appearance for Borussia Dortmund this season after a calf injury suffered in June’s Concacaf Nations League triumph forced him to miss the opening two months. However, after being an unused substitute in a handful of fixtures, Reyna did appear against Germany and Ghana before also featuring in a recent 1-0 win over Werder Bremen.
Borussia Dortmund will surely need Reyna’s productivity if it wants to earn its first Champions League win of the current group stage.