One of the most exciting prospects in European football is already attracting attention from two giants of the game. Manchester United and Inter Milan are looking like the most realistic destinations of young German forward Mario Goetze.
The youngster who joined the Dortmund academy at just 9 years of age and has remained there ever since, finally made his debut for the first team in November 2009 and since then he has gone onto make 26 league appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals. He has also been capped at various international levels including 2 full caps for the senior team.
Now I can imagine some of you scratching your heads at home wondering if this guy is any good or just another rubbish German import like Hofmeister (I realise Hofmeister was not in fact German, but go with it!). Goetze is an attacking midfielder capable of playing on either flank or centrally and has excelled in a 4-2-3-1 formation for his club, playing in all 3 of the positions behind the forward, he is greatly assisted by the fact he is comfortable using either foot, something that is a great asset in the modern game. He is a fantastic passer and has an eye for the killer ball and despite his relatively young age he always seems to remain calm and plays with a cool head. He is good with the ball at his feet and is not afraid to take on his man, he is pacey and has an eye for goal, the youngster is also not afraid of taking on a long range strike.
The only problem for the German ‘wunderkind’ is his fitness. Throughout his career at youth level he has been blighted with injuries and has also suffered in the first team, and it is unknown yet whether his body can cope with a full season at the top flight of the game, a lot of this could be attributed to growing up and playing a lot of football from a young age and it could easily level out soon and no longer be an issue.
Clearly an exciting prospect, his club have slapped a price tag on him of just short of £17million, and with admiring glances coming from Inter Milan and Manchester United he may not remain a Dortmund player for much longer. With a good track record of bringing on young players, United would not be a bad destination for the forward, their habit of getting the best out of youngsters will be a very attractive prospect for Goetze. A move to Inter Milan would also be extremely attractive, and although they are under-performing this year they are still one of the biggest teams in European football. For me United would be the better destination because of their track record with youngsters, but I think ideally he should get another season under his belt in Germany before making the inevitable big money move.
Whatever happens with this one, someone will be signing a real talent that was described as, “one of the best talents that we’ve ever had” by German FA technical director (and footballing legend) Matthias Sammer….. I just wish it was Man City leading the way!
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