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Is Ilkay Gundogan worth the £21 million risk?

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After months of speculation, and hundreds of supposed breakthroughs and breakdowns in communication, one of the biggest deals of the summer has finally been confirmed, Ilkay Gundogan is officially a Manchester City player. 

After the north-west club splashed the cash to secure the talented Borussia Dortmund playmaker, many have now questioned whether the £21 million-rated man will be able to live up to the lofty expectations that come with playing for one of the world's largest teams.

Although the German-born midfielder undoubtedly possesses ability in abundance, a procession of injuries over the past few seasons have severely limited the player's overall game time in both the Bundesliga, as well as in Europe. 

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In fact, from a potential 102 Bundesliga games over the past three seasons, Gundogan has been involved in less than half - totalling 49 appearances, including those as a substitute. 

When he is on the pitch, however, there can be no doubting the player's ability and desire to succeed. 

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An integral part of Tomas Tuchel's Dortmund side this season, Gundogan's tactical awareness and ability to operate in a deeper play-making role in the midfield, played a key role in helping Dortmund regain their status as a Champions League side.

Despite having only scored once and assisted a further three goals in the Bundesliga, Gundogan's ability to dictate both the style and tempo of a game has also been crucial to Dortmund's return to a more attacking-based style of play - a style of play which saw the team finish as the league's highest scorers on 82 goals.

Manchester City fans can therefore assume that, if the midfielder is to stay fit, he will be a key cog in the team next season, and a man that Pep Guardiola can hopefully build his new-look City midfield around in the years to come.

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The key, however, will always remain his ability to remain injury free. 

After missing almost the entirety of the 2013/2014 due to a back injury sustained whilst on international duty, things have certainly improved in terms of appearances made over the following two seasons. 

Managing 30 starts and two appearances as a substitute for his club in the 2014/2015 season, Gundogan has since managed to remain relatively injury free, going on to compete in a further 40 fixtures for his club the following year - 33 of which he started. 

For Manchester City fans, this makes promising reading indeed. A player with real talent who almost seems to glide around the pitch when on the ball, it would be a shame indeed to see one of the Premier League's most promising recent additions spend yet another year on the physio table. 

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