German footballing legend Michael Rummenigge has suggested that Mario Gotze could join a club like West Ham in the summer, when writing his regular column for SPORTBUZZER.
The German World Cup winner, now 27, has experienced somewhat of a fall from grace in the game since scoring the winning goal for his country on the world’s biggest stage in the 2014 final.
Gotze left Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 for around £31.5 million (Soccerbase), but he struggled to impress with the Bavarian giants.
And the Germany international returned to Dortmund in the summer of 2016 for around £20 million (Soccerbase).
The 27-year-old has racked up 45 goals and 61 assists in 217 games for Dortmund. He has recorded just three goals and one assist in 19 games this term, however (Transfermarkt).
World Cup winner’s decline
Gotze is clearly not the player he once was.
And Rummenigge suggested that the diminutive attacker could join a club like West Ham in order to spark his career back into life, when writing his regular column for SPORTBUZZER:
“I’m thinking [he could join] clubs like Everton or West Ham. When I give lectures, I always show the audience one scene at the end – Mario Gotze’s goal in the 2014 World Cup final. I always see a smile on the faces and I enjoy it, too. At the same time, I always feel a little sad. I wonder what has happened since then. What happened to this outstanding soccer player who could do everything? He has to change some things. He lost his speed and should change his game, be more of a playmaker. He is no striker.”
On his day, Gotze was an exceptional player. And if he could somewhere return to somewhere near his best, he will still have a lot to offer whichever club he represents.
In truth, however, West Ham do not need another expensive player on the decline. They have enough of them already.
Added to that, Hammers boss David Moyes recently suggested that he will be targeting young British players in the future.
And Gotze obviously doesn’t fit into that category.