Instead of giving him a guarantee of playing for an indefinite period of time this season, Terzic has not let him play more than 90 minutes once since match day 5, even though Malen has built on last season and started the season strongly. In the first game he shot Dortmund to victory in the last minute, and in the second game he saved the draw against Bochum in the second half.
In the first 4 games he scored a total of 3 times and was Dortmund’s best offensive player to date. Ergo, Terzic took the wind out of the sails of the in-form Malen with the completely unnecessarily shortened playing times and thus weakened his team.
Up to and including the 4th matchday, Malen played an average of 88 minutes, since matchday 5 the average has only been 50 minutes.
Plus the constant change from the right to the left wing and vice versa. He has performed best so far on the right wing or as a center forward (at PSV at least), and he delivered the strong numbers from the second half of the season as a right attacker.