Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze may have made a phenomenal start to the 2015-16 campaign, but his current form is far from indicative of his time with the Bavarians.
The 23-year-old has largely struggled to cement a place in Pep Guardiola's side, and only on occasions has shown the ability that earned him a move to the capital from rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
He is still regarded as one of Europe's hottest prospects, of course, but the fact of the matter is that Gotze hasn't quite lived up the expectation that everyone had of him.
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Former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath advocated this, and feels that Gotze perhaps didn’t understand the seriousness of his move from Dortmund and deemed it to be the main reason for his failure to find his feet at the Allianz Arena.
"In my opinion, Gotze underestimated his move from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern," the German told Bild, reports Goal.com.
"Bayern are a different club than Dortmund. There are a lot of players who have struggled to make the grade at Bayern.
"I think that it was extra difficult for Gotze because he was the star man at Dortmund, but was only one of many stars at Bayern.”
He also believes that, while the German netted the winning goal in Germany's World Cup final triumph last year, he is still not anywhere close to what he was at Dortmund.
"[Gotze] scored the winning goal in the World Cup final, but he wasn’t anything special in the other games, and he still is not anything like the dominant player he was at BVB."
There were talks in the summer about the €37-million man moving away from Munich with Juventus a feasible option, but the transfer failed to materialise.
Magath, though, feels that Gotze is now on the right path and could soon achieve his potential.
"I get the feeling that he is now getting used to the situation at Bayern and is on his way to getting back to his usual best."