Is Mario Gotze the Answer?


“Of course I’d like to play more, I’m not happy.” These were the words from an upset Mario Gotze this past week. This has of course fueled loads of rumors around the world of football that he may exit Munich this summer.

Mario Gotze just one year ago was an injured player and had just signed a pre-contract to play with star-studded Bayern Munich. After a fantastic season with Borussia Dortmund, he led the team to the 2012/13 Champions League Final against no other than Bayern Munich.

Last summer the attacking midfielder joined Munich as did others to create a super squad. The team would go on to win the Bundesliga in record timing. Early in the season we got to see Bayern Munich play Chelsea in the SuperCup final. The match was concluded with a Munich win, 5-4 on penalties as Romelu Lukaku missed the final penalty for the Blues. Specifically Gotze had a decent match. He was hurt by a hard tackle by Ramires that ended up seeing Ramires sent off.

Throughout this season, Gotze has struggled to get a consistent starting spot against other stars in the team like Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos, and Frank Ribery. This obviously has frustrated Gotze.

Chelsea fans will be happy to hear this news as he could be a potential target in the summer.

Mario Gotze is what we lack at the moment. Oscar provides creativity from the central attacking area, but with a large drop in form since the Mata and De Bruyne departures, he is not the same player.

What Mario Gotze brings to the table is a creativity we are lacking in the final third from a central area. Yes we need a new striker, but without proper service, what chances do the strikers have to finish off. Yes, Hazard has been one of the top 5 chance creators in Europe this season, but he does it from a wide area and is less connected to the striker than a central attacking mid would be.

Mario Gotze is a game changer. We saw in his season at Dortmund, signs that he could soon be the best young player in world football. He is a fantastic chance creator. That being said, he does finish quite well scoring quite a few goals over the past two seasons. Scoring critical goals for Dormund in the Champions League run in 2012/13 really got his name around.

An argument for Oscar could be made that Oscar is much better at tackling and dropping back than Gotze is. But, Gotze is much like Schurrle and Ballack, who we have seen join Chelsea from the Bundesliga. Both of the two turned out to be hard-working, team players for the Chels. This hard work could mean he’d be more involved all over the pitch.

But, is defensive work rate what we should really want from the center attacking mid? We, as a club, have been known to be very solid defensively in all areas of the pitch. In a ever-transforming football world, the game is still changing. It may be time Chelsea work on adding more and more attacking talent. Not only in the obvious striker role, but also the attacking mid position. Mario Gotze would be the perfect addition to a struggling Chelsea attacking side.

Imagine a season next year where Willian, Gotze, and Hazard are all feeding a striker like Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku, Wilfried Bony, Loic Remy, or even Didier Drogba again. These are fun times at Chelsea FC. This could shape up to be one of Chelsea’s biggest transfer windows in the club’s history. Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!