After spending the 2014-15 Bundesliga season on loan at Mainz Jonas Hofmann has returned to his mother club Borussia Dortmund for the start of the new campaign. The German youngster celebrated his 23rd birthday this week and will hope that he is at the right age to contribute to a Black and Yellows resurgence under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
Even though his stay at the Coface Arena was made difficult by injuries that restricted him to only 12 appearances for the 05ers, Hofmann was an integral part of a Mainz team that began last season’s Bundesliga campaign on an unbeaten streak, until that streak came to an abrupt ending administered by high-flying Wolfsburg on October 26, which lead to a decline in performance at Mainz from then on. The former Hoffenheim man managed to score three goals for Mainz and the eventual drop in form can partly be attributed to the loss of their man of the moment.
Now Fresh and back from injury Hofmann will be expected to have more games for BVB than in the previous season’s. It’s not entirely certain what the club has in mind for him but if not sent out on another loan deal expect him to be given a start now and then by Tuchel. There certainly is a lot of competition in attacking midfield at the Signal Iduna Park. With Mkhitaryan and Kagawa wanting to erase memories of their unimpressive performances of last season while Kampl and Kuba wish to make their presence known under the new coach, Hofmann will definitely not find it easy to make an impact. But having said that, Tuchel’s versatile approach to his game might present the young German with an opportunity he just has to make good use of. Known for rotating his squad and using different tactics against different teams the former Mainz manager might view Hofmann as one of the surprise tools for his new side and additionally Tuchel’s faith in young players has been demonstrated in the past.
It’s now or never for Jonas Hofmann. He has the potential, and a reasonable amount of Bundesliga experience with 41 appearances since December, 2012. Hofmann hopefully will get more opportunity this season and at last it will all boil down to making it count. This is the time for Jonas to shine.