Matthews’ Dortmund Exit Explained As He Joins Ex-Downs Skipper
Tashreeq Matthews’ move to Utrecht in the Netherlands is a ‘win-win’ situation for everyone, with the talented teen joining a former Mamelodi Sundowns captain at the club.
Matthews completed a move to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last year, going on to play in the UEFA Youth League and also make an appearance for the first team in a friendly encounter alongside Mario Gotze and Co.
However, rules in Germany meant that the 18-year-old was unable to play in domestic games for Dortmund’s youth sides, and Alje Schut’s Utrecht came with a solution that would allow him to get regular game-time in Holland in a senior league.
Lance Davids, the player’s representative, explained the move to the Siya crew, saying, “We’re really happy that Tashreeq has been able to make this move to Utrecht for the rest of the season. He’s been playing for Dortmund’s youth side in the UEFA Youth League, but we’re all of the opinion that he would benefit further if he was playing in a senior league rather than just with players his own age.
“Utrecht showed a real interest in Tassie, and we all felt that he had more chance of playing there at this point than breaking into the first team at Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He’ll start with Utrecht II, but they play in the Dutch second division and he’ll get the chance to break into the Eredivisie if he does well – and we’re confident that he will.
“He wasn’t able to play for Dortmund’s U19s due to the rules of the German Football Association, so we had to find a solution… Holland is a great place for him to keep developing his game, and it’s a win-win situation for everybody – Dortmund, Utrecht and of course Tashreeq himself.
“Alje, who is a scout at FC Utrecht, personally scouted Tassie when he was playing at Dortmund and holds Tassie in high regard. It will be great for Tassie to have someone at Utrecht who knows the South African situation very well.”
The young Amajita star could potentially make his debut against AZ Alkmaar in the Eerste Divisie on Sunday. Utrecht have an option to buy Matthews permanently if all goes well, while the deal also includes a buy-back option for the German giants.