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How can Borussia Dortmund replace Gotze?

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Gotze will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season. (©GettyImages)
Gotze will join Bayern Munich at the end of the season. (©GettyImages).

Mario Gotze will be leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer to Bayern Munich leaving a gaping hole in the side.

The young German international was maybe the most important piece of the Dortmund puzzle in becoming a German powerhouse and a force in Europe.

His lost will no doubt leave a huge hold in the BVB club due to his creativity that has allowed him to score and create many goals.

He is maybe the best playmaker in the Bundesliga and one of the best young talents in the world. At just 20 years old, Gotze has already won two Bundesliga titles and a German Cup as well as having two seasons of Champions League football. He is also a full German International and was apart of Germany's Euro 2012 squad who reached the semi-finals.

With his departure, Jurgen Klopp will be looking at who can step up into their system and replace him. 

There is no single player who fits the bill for the Dortmund system and style of play. Dortmund have a stylish, slick passing and moving style of play which very few players can adapt to. With that said, there are two players who come to mind that can help to fill the void left by Gotze. These players are Christian Eriksen and Kevin De Bruyne.

Eriksen has long being tipped as a star during his years at Ajax in the Dutch Eridivisie.

Eriksen has been a full Danish International since 2010 and has been the main man at Ajax from the 2010/2011 season having delivered three Eridivisie titles with the Dutch giants. He is known for his vision, technique and creativity. 

He also has an eye for goals and is able to operate as the playmaker behind the striker and can play out wide as well but his best position is the playmaker behind the striker.

Eriksen has been compared to the likes of Michael Laudrup by Ajax and Holland legend Johan Cruyff. The Ditch legend stated that Eriksen has the talent and potential to reach the heights of Laudrup but only time will tell if he reaches that level. Eriksen has scored 10 goals from 25 appearances in all competitions this season whilst bagging five assists.

Kevin De Bruyne has been making a name for himself in his homeland Belgium with Racing Genk before he moved to Chelsea last summer after agreeing from January 2012. 

De Bruyne is known for his pace and trickery as well as his eye for goals. He is capable of playing out wide as well as behind the striker. De Bruyne has established himself in a very strong Belgium team commanding his place as a starter in midfield among players such as Eden Hazard, Axel Witsel, Moussa Dembele, Kevin Mirallas and Dries Mertens.

The 21-year-old playmaker has been on loan at Werder Bremen all season where he has enjoyed a wonderful season. He has scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga while bagging nine assists. 

He has mesmerized the Bundesliga with his pace, trickery and superb technique, which has led to many clubs expressing an interest in him. The young Belgian is certainly on the path to a great career and has the talent and potential to become one of the best wingers in the world.

These starlets fit the Dortmund mould as they are very young and technically gifted and pose a great threat to their opponents. Dortmund will be looking to fill the void left by Gotze and these two players can help fill that void as well as providing a bit of depth – something they lacked last season.


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