Dortmund has a new face between the sticks next season, though the somewhat confusing signing of Marwin Hitz has made many fans scratch their heads, or pull their hair out! Many had hoped for a higher profile signing to supplant Burki, though it seems this signing will just give him a Swiss pal to train with rather than provide much competition. Burki remains the first choice it seems.

Hitz adds to the growing Swiss contingent at BVB. There could be more that follow as the Swissification of Dortmund seems to be in full effect.

Before passing judgment, however, Marwin deserves some recognition. He got a lot of shot practice at Augsburg, that's for sure. His heroics have kept Augsburg safe from relegation for some time. He is an experienced goalkeeper that has a lot of experience in the Bundesliga. He could slide into the squad seamlessly. He also could perhaps be the answer to the club's striker question, unbeknownst to many. All you need to do is type "Marwin Hitz Goal" to know what I'm talking about. Striker's finish it must be said. Future target man?

Jokes aside, many worry this signing is a continuation of the club's inability to attract and keep the top players in the game. Kevin Trapp and others linked were arguably much higher profile signings and some view this as settling for something less than ideal, much like they did in previous managerial searches. Hitz has little European experience and will not provide much competition for Burki who has somehow held on to his starting spot for next season it appears. Does a signing like Hitz really match the club's ambitions? It remains to be seen.

One of the less exciting transfers of this summer most probably and one that hopefully signals bigger spending in other positions, having gotten Hitz on a free transfer--saving in one area may allow the club to spend a little more in another area.

In any case, WELCOME MARWIN! May you score more goals than you concede...

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