Lars Ricken: Robbat was too slow for Dortmund

The Malaysian went to Dortmund for training with the German giant’s under-23s side and club great Lars Ricken has given his take on the midfielder...

Imagine if Malaysian Gary Steven Robbat had signed for Borussia Dortmund while training with them for three months in 2015.

Well, he could have. Only he was slightly injured during his stint and also lacked one vital attribute, according to Ricken, the head of Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy Ricken – speed.

Ricken had a good look at the burly player in 2015 during his training stint there and believes Malaysia do have a gem on their hands.

But Robbat's lack of agility meant he never stood a chance of playing for the fast-attacking Dortmund.

"It was a little bit too difficult (for Robbat) because he was a little bit injured when he played with our under-23s," Ricken told reporters at a Bundesliga event at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.

"He was a great player with a great mentality and the technical skills were very good but as you see here, one important thing for Borussia Dortmund is quickness and speed of action. 

"If you are not quick, especially in offence, you don't have a chance at Borussia Dortmund. 

"That was the problem with that player, he was not fast enough, so he wouldn't have a chance at Borussia. That was it, other things were great, but he was not fast enough."