It came as a real shock to most of the footballing fraternity when Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer announced earlier this month the club were in no hurry to offer a new contract to World Cup sensation Mario Gotze.
How much has changed for the German in the past two years, from being the next best thing in football to possibly being shown the door by Bayern. What went wrong for the brilliant Mario Gotze?
Flashback a few years, to when the Gotze was playing for Borussia Dortmund and sending shock-waves throughout Europe with his incredible talent, whilst still a teenager. The youngster, who was being dubbed as the ‘German Messi’, helped his Dortmund side to two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 season.
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Gotze made all the headlines during the summer of 2013 when he controversially swapped the Dortmund yellow for the Bayern Munich red, a move that was not appreciated much by the Dortmund faithful who nicknamed the talented winger as ‘Judas.’
However, most of that animosity seemed to have dissolved when the brilliant youngster smashed home the winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.
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That World Cup triumph looked like the perfect podium for Mario Gotze to really step up his game and challenge the very best in Europe. However, that has not been the case for the German and if recent reports are to be believed, he might not even be good enough for the German Champions.
What went wrong for Gotze?
There was a time in the 2014-15 season when Bayern had a massive injury crisis which saw Robert Lewandowski, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben missing out at one stage or another.
With so many frontline players missing out, the impetus was on Gotze to perform and reinvigorate the Bayern side. The youngster was often played out of position during this period and not picked in his preferred attacking midfield role.
Gotze was sometimes deployed in a deeper midfield role or played as a striker with Lewandowski absent, and failed to deliver the goods for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern. He has since dropped further down the pecking order in Bayern’s midfield with Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman joining the club.
This season, Mario Gotze has made only seven appearances for the club so far and three of those have come from the bench.
With so many talented players already available for selection at Bayern, it seems as though the World Cup sensation will be shown the exit door by Bayern. Gotze’s transfer away from the Allianz Arena will be all the more likely with new manager Carlo Ancelotti joining Bayern next season.
The Italian will want to bring his own preferred players to the club and Gotze might be find himself on the wrong side of the transfer for the German Champions, especially with clubs, not just in the Premier League, but across Europe interested.
A move to Liverpool could prove beneficial for the German, as a reunion with former boss Jurgen Klopp could be fruitful for Gotze to get his career back on track.