Mario Gotze of Borussia Dortmund is a free agent at the end of the season and Everton must try and bring him to the Premier League.
The name of Mario Gotze erupted onto the scene in 2010-11 season and was instantly nicknamed as German Lionel Messi. Gotze’s development from a youth player in the Dortmund team to an instrumental piece in Dortmund’s Bundesliga winning team was lauded by many.
Fast forward 9 years which included a controversial switch to Bayern Munich, getting groomed under Pep Guardiola, scoring the winner in the FIFA World Cup final and then getting spat out of the Bayern team. He eventually returned to BVB and on the road tackled angry fans who tagged him as a traitor, a rare to detect metabolism disorder which ruled him out.
After surpassing all these obstacles, Gotze under Lucien Favre was restricted to bench appearances. One thing was clear, the once poster boy of Dortmund was not cutting into a team consisting of Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt, Erling Braut Haaland and other rising sensations.
The decision was made mutually and the courtship between Mario Gotze and Borussia Dortmund will come to an end at the end of the season. So far, no major updates have arrived over Gotze’s potential next club as people continue to play the guessing game. Despite last few barren seasons, one cannot doubt the abilities and talent of Mario Gotze.
There is certain interest from the Premier League but so far Everton haven’t really shown any interest in Gotze but if thought carefully he could be an ideal option to solve Dortmund’s midfield issues.
When Gotze started his professional career he was seen as an attacker and as a No.10. Under, Guardiola, he learnt the art of being a false nine and also involving himself in the build-up play. He was never the fastest man on the pitch and in Gotze soon adapted and was able to function even in the midfield role.
His versatility could come clutch for Everton. The German can operate in the midfield of a 4-4-2 or even play as an attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1. Gotze is known to escape and make his way out from the tiny pockets of space like Houdini. Mario Gotze till date remains one of the silkiest passers of the ball spraying passes with his X-Ray vision.
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Carlo Ancelotti is fond of players who are technically adept and have amazing on the ball skills. The five time Bundesliga champion ticks both the boxes. In fact, Gotze and Andre Gomes could be the perfect midfield duo Everton have been craving for.
It is true he isn’t a defensively committed player but what he adds to the team on the offensive front simply makes up for his deficiencies in the other. Everton can provide the perfect environment for him to excel. The Toffees midfield has struggled for a long time and if they can sign Gotze on a free transfer it will be a major coup. He wouldn’t be a major burden on Everton’s financial department as he will be arriving as a free agent and as humble as he is, he wouldn’t have a major wage demand.
At 28, this is the right time to make a switch to the ultra-competitive Premier League. If he wants to re-establish himself as a prominent player a move to England is must and Everton must be willing to provide him with the stage to showcase his magic.
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