The German midfielder is currently being linked to a move to Arsenal after it was reported that the player might be unhappy due to being substituted early on in the previous games. Bearing in mind the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham, many predict that the German may to move to ensure regular first team football.
First team football is extremely vital to all those players who wish to participate in next year’s World Cup. Consequently, many players who do not seem likely to move are linked to many transfers during this summer.
However, in Ozil’s case being substituted is a regular occurrence, including leaving Madrid's first two league games shortly after the hour mark. Nevertheless, with the player playing fewer minutes under Ancelotti, it is too early to draw conclusions about how the manager rates the player.
Ozil actually suffered a slight dip of form in February last season when Kaka got a run of games, but his importance to the Real Madrid side didn’t go unnoticed. The team lacked its usual fluidity and found fewer gaps in the opposition defences as a result. The movement and appreciation of space Ozil has in between opposition lines is absolutely remarkable.
He drifts either side of the main striker and is able to link up play and get out of extremely tight situations. Speaking about Ozil, German boss Joachim Low said: "Many look to their individual performance, but I also look what he brings to the team. He is a great distributor, but at the same time, he does a huge amount of running, so what he was lacking were people for him to pass to
"He needs more options up front, but those are for his team-mates to give him. He's creative and he knows how to play the defence splitting passes, but he needs runners to pass to. As far as his performances are concerned, there are no ifs or buts about it, he has really sacrificed himself for the team."
Low said this after their victory against Denmark, prior to Ozil’s master class against Greece at last summer's European Championships. But these comments epitomise his selfless nature while playing the game is truly the most vital part of his game.
Since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2010, he has scored 27 goals and racked up 70 assists. Although the assist figures seem relatively high, they cannot take into account the countless goal scoring chances other teammates have failed to convert or even the fouls that he has drawn in crucial positions that have led to goals.
At 24, he has won the La Liga and Copa del Rey, while also leading Werder Bremen to a DFB Pokal title in the 2008/09 season. He has also been the key in both of Germany’s last two major tournaments and was included in the official select 11 at the end of both competitions.
Ozil’s role in both Germany and Real Madrid is sometimes undervalued as he does not contribute too many goals but rather he helps in making other teammates look better, which is certainly true in the case of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
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