Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must leave Borussia Dortmund
On his day, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is among the best strikers in world football. His statistics for the past three years are up there with the very best. The 28-year-old Gabonese has lit up the Bundesliga with blazing speed and an array of goals. Consequently, he has been linked with the best clubs in the world, even though his attitude has been questioned by many at the clubs for which he has played.
Despite his brilliant record at the Westfalenstadion, it is believed the 1997 Champions League winners are interested in letting him go at season's end. The club have grown tired of his off-pitch antics. It's time to take his act to a bigger stage, be it La Liga or the Premier League.
World class ability
A striker who scores upwards of 35 goals per season deserves to play at the highest level, competing for all major honours on offer. After starting out as Robert Lewandowski's sidekick, he has grown into the leading role.
His dream move was to Real Madrid, but the Spanish champion hasn't viewed him as sufficiently galactico to overrule manager Zinedine Zidane's youth policy. He scored twice against Los Blancos in the Champions League, however, reminding Zizou of his undoubted quality.
Built for the Premier League
Aubameyang would not be out of place on the athletics track. His pace and power are unprecedented. He is Jamie Vardy equipped with nitrous oxide. He has been compared to Thierry Henry. The Frenchman used his pace time and time again to torment defenders while in Arsenal colours.
He is nearly at 20 goals already in 2017-18, and will offer stardust to any attack in the league. Chelsea have been linked. The speedster would propel Blues to another level. His presence might have made Manchester City's visit to Stamford Bridge in September far less enjoyable.
Time is running out
After failing to make the grade at AC Milan, Aubameyang has not won the trophies his talent deserves. Moving to a major club will afford him the avenue to play to his true potential. At 28, the clock is ticking. His legs won't carry him much longer. New boss Peter Stoger has left the door open for his biggest star to stay at the club, patching up frayed relations after the player fell out with former boss, Peter Bosz.
The former Cologne manager has won his two matches in charge. The chance to win the DFB-Pokal looms, but BvB face bitter rival Bayern Munich.
That Aubameyang is second behind former teammate Lewandowski on the scoring chart for this season should provide motivation. Dortmund can’t compete with the Bavarian's financial muscle. Aubameyang has a decision to make. To become the world class striker everyone believes he can, the Gabonese must carry his current side to overachieving heights, then take his act on the road.