Bayern Munich's announcement of their capture of Borussia Dortmund and Germany star Mario Gotze surprised most football fans.
First, it is astonishing that Dortmund let their biggest asset go to a rival club when loads of foreign clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City wanted him and would definitely cough up big sums for his transfer.
So why would they shoot themselves in the foot and strengthen their biggest rival at the same time?
Jurgen Klopp is no small timer. His uncanny sense to tap up potential is immense and he can so wonderfully manage the club with a small budget.
€37 million from Gotze's sale leaves Klopp armoured to strike the transfer market and suitably replace the outgoing stars with players of similar age and potential.
Mario Gotze is primarily a centre-attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, who can play in an advanced position on the left or right. He has also been known to play up front in times of difficulty.
Bayern Munich’s options in these areas show these names: Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Gomez, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro.
Does Pep Guardiola think he is good enough to replace the more experienced Kroos and Muller in the middle; or Ribery, Robben and Shaqiri out wide? Or goal machines Mandzukic, Gomez and Pizarro?
It would be heart breaking for everyone to see a talent like Gotze wasted away on the bench. What comes to mind is that, Guardiola would use his favourite 4-3-3 in Bayern Munich.
One option would be using Schweinsteiger and Martinez as defensive deep lying playmakers with Gotze given the freedom to roam ahead, completing the midfield trio.
The second option would be a drastic change to the present Bayern formation. Schweinsteiger, Kroos and Martinez would form the midfield three, with Ribery and Robben out wide and Gotze in an upfront role. Maybe Guardiola thinks he can make Gotze the new Lionel Messi in that role.
Another option would be using him behind the striker in the present 4-2-3-1 set up. This would seriously limit the game times of Muller and Kroos, the latter of which might be a shade better than Mario Gotze at present.
Moreover, it is laughable to think of better wingers than Robben and Ribery today, excluding only Cristiano Ronaldo, meaning Gotze is not destined to play out wide at the Allianz Arena.
The worst case would be Gotze not settling at all in his new club like present teammate Nuri Sahin at Real Madrid and later on at Liverpool. Joining the biggest rivals to his hometown club would put him at the mercy of a lot of hatred from his present club's fans.
Dortmund are fast climbing up the football ladder with two league titles in the past three years and an excellent, unbeaten run in this year's Champions League so far.
At Dortmund, Mario Gotze is the main man and would have been the main man. A move abroad would be less painful to the fans as well as the club.
At Bayern, he is at a risk of vanishing amongst a host of superstars as well as getting his name dragged through the mud at his beloved Dortmund.
There is always, always, the chance that Mario Gotze might become as good a player like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi at FC Bayern. Its up to how Guardiola handles him and how he responds.
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