German daily tabloid Bild has described Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels as a lifeguard in a situation at the club, which has started to go very wrong.
BVB sit hovering just above the bottom places in the Bundesliga after losing five out of their first eight league games, which has left Jurgen Klopp’s side under a lot of pressure and already chasing the Champions League places in Germany’s top flight.
Hummels, who has been missing with injury for part of the season, has been described as the lifeguard of the situation in a report on Bild’s website, with an assessment of the player, which suggests he’s unlikely to jump ship this winter.
A lifeguard may seem like an odd tribute for Bild to use, but it’s appropriate because of the traditional qualities that profession involves; leadership and a calm in the face of a chaotic or dangerous situation.
Manchester United are thought to be the side that want Hummels as a signing more than any other team, with various reports since the start of the season suggesting a potential January bid for the German World Cup winner.
However, Hummels’ status as the club’s captain and Bild’s description of him based on this season both suggest why he won’t be leaving BVB any time soon.
The situation next summer could be a very different story, especially if Hummels is at a club that doesn’t have Champions League football and if United can break into the Premier League’s top four.
However, if Louis van Gaal wants to add a signing to his defence in the winter, it’s doubtful that it’s going to be Hummels with some of the other players linked with the club seemingly better options.