Mario Gomez, the man who could do no wrong for Bayern Munich last season and the player who jostled for the golden boot at Euro 2012 with Fernando Torres, has suddenly found himself cemented to the bench.
It seems that after injury and the form of summer signing Mario Mandzukic, that Gomez may be deemed surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena.
Pep Guardiola’s looming arrival has also done nothing to suggest that Gomez may be playing for Bayern next season, with numerous big money targets being linked with the Bavarian giants.
Strikers such as Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski are both highly touted to lead a new look Guardiola side next September, leaving the German hit man with little option but to seek new employment.
Exclusion from Bayern’s starting eleven in the cup-tie against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund would certainly suggest that Gomez might look elsewhere, as first team options seem increasingly limited as the Bundesliga season draws nearer to its climax.
So, could any Premier League clubs take advantage of the situation?
Chelsea would be an obvious fit, as Gomez could lead their strike force and provide stability up-front, with Fernando Torres’ future looking increasingly bleak at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City and Manchester United would also be wise to consider Gomez - a player who would improve the options of both teams in attack. Whilst neither side is short of strikers, Gomez has an enviable record both in the Bundesliga and on the international stage, and is sure to add goals at the Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford if the opportunity ever arose.
For now, the German will have to play a waiting game, and see what the future holds when the summer transfer window arrives.
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