Borussia Dortmund starlet can replace Mario Götze
Moritz Leitner may benefit from the departure of Mario Götze
With the departure of Mario Götze to arch-rivals Bayern Munich this summer, Borussia Dortmund will be looking around Europe and the wider world for suitable replacements - but the answer may already be in their squad.
Moritz Leitner, a 20-year-old Germany U21 International could make the step up to fill the void that will be left by Götze.
Leitner started his career at 1860 Munich, where he went through their
youth setup, but moved to Borussia Dortmund in January 2011 after just one season in the first team of the Munich outfit.
Leitner also has Austrian roots and is a young player with lots of potential.
Having moved to Dortmund in 2011, the young German has not featured much in the Dortmund team. He has shown flashes of brilliance when he has been given his opportunities and it's clear to see that he has lots of talent.
Leitner would need to get a decent run in the team playing week-in week-out to improve as a player but he hasn't been handed that chance so far in his career at the Signal Iduna Park.
With Götze leaving the club, it could be the perfect opportunity for Leitner to stake his claim for a regular spot in the Dortmund first 11.
He is a similar type of player to Götze as he is very creative and clever on the ball. He has an eye for a killer-pass, works hard for the team and has great awareness on the pitch. He still has lots to improve on but Leitner can use this summer to really work hard in training and improve on his massive talent and potential.
It's all up to the young German to show his class to Jurgen Klopp so that he will be given his fair share of chances. The lad has lots to offer and needs to straighten out his rough edges.
He looks much like Ilkay Gundogan when he just moved to Bayern from Nurmberg, but as he played more games he developed into a wonderful deep-lying playmaker who also works hard for the team.
Young Leitner has vision, a great technique and, with more games and a decent run in the team, can develop into a top player.
He has all the necessary tools to become an excellent football so it's up to his discipline and focus that will determine if he gets the chance to step up into Götze's shoes - or otherwise Klopp may be forced to look elsewhere.
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