Mario Gomez has agreed to join Fiorentina in a deal estimated to be around £17m and is a signal of intent for next season by the Italian club.
However, I am confused as to why none of the Premier League teams decided to bid for the Germany international.
There are several Premier League teams in need of a quality striker; examples can be seen with Arsenal and Tottenham, and Gomez fits the bill as being in this top bracket of strikers across the world.
In recent seasons his consistent performances and subsequent goals helped to bring Bayern Munich two Bundesliga titles, two German Cups and, at the end of last season, a Champions League.
In addition to this, in 2011 when Bayern Munich finished in a disappointing third position, he scored a total of 28 goals which made him the top goalscorer for that season.
However, last season Gomez missed the first half of the campaign due to injury, which resulted in him being placed behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order at the Allianz Arena.
He is still held in high regard for the national team and is widely expected to lead the line for Germany in the forthcoming World Cup at the end of next season, as long as he remains fit and perform well for his new team.
The Premier League clubs will be missing a striker who knows how to finish and has several attribute which make him a defender's nightmare.
Firstly, he has the aerial ability to trouble most defenders, especially off set-piece situations, and can finish from most areas of the pitch.
Coupled with his ability to be able to judge the game and predict when the final pass or cross will be played and into which area, enables him to gain as many goals as he does. He was described by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as a great finisher who is often in the right place to finish off moves. So if his ability was noted by Mr Wenger then why didn’t he put a bid in to bring him to Arsenal?
I feel the reason Premier League clubs didn’t decide to put in a bid is due to possible fitness concerns. This is due to the previously noted injuries he has suffered and the fact he hasn’t played much football after his injury, as he fell down the pecking order at Bayern.
However, I still believe that if he has been given the right fitness and training programme these fitness concerns would be erased. He would have become a great asset for any Premier League club and would have been well suited to the physicality of the league, due to the style of player he is.
Overall, I feel for £17m Fiorentina have picked up an absolute bargain, especially considering that in the Premier League, Andy Carroll has just cost West Ham £15m.
With no disrespect to Carroll, Gomez is in a different class to the Englishman - and considering their fees are separated by just £2m, I know which player I would rather have in my squad given the option.
I feel Fiorentina’s gain is the Premier League's loss, and I predict that Gomez will return to form and will be one of the strikers to watch out for in the 2014 World Cup.
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