Schubert urges Dahoud to improve

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach head coach Andre Schubert has urged returning midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud to improve on his defensive ability.

Dahoud, who was strongly linked with a move to English Premier League side Liverpool in the off-season, has forged a reputation as one of the most technically proficient midfielders in the Bundesliga.

However, after his breakthrough season last year, Schubert has urged the 20-year-old Germany youth international to stay grounded and focus on becoming a complete midfielder this term.

"Mo [Dahoud] has now played almost two complete games for the German under-21 team, and I'm very happy for him," Schubert told the club's official website.

"Mo is definitely a key player for us, he's got outstanding quality in the build up, defensive positioning and in the opposition's half, and he can be dangerous in front of goal as well. 

"He's still only 20 years old, and there are areas that he needs to work on – but that's completely normal at his age. For example, he needs to learn how to better anticipate danger behind him."

Dahoud scored five goals and registered nine assists in 32 league games for Gladbach last season.