Euro 2016: make or break for Gotze’s career at Bayern?

It’s been an up-and-down couple of years for Mario Gotze. The Bayern Munich midfielder scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final but has been cast aside by Pep Guardiola this season. While some may attribute Guardiola’s hostility to the fact that he has already agreed to join Manchester City at the end of the season, his frostiness towards Gotze could indicate that he – and many in the Bayern hierarchy – believe that the young German simply isn’t good enough to start for the Bundesliga champions.


When Gotze scored that career-defining goal for Germany against Argentina just two years ago, many believed that the former Borussia Dortmund man would go on to mature into one of the very best midfielders on the planet. Unfortunately, so far, it hasn’t panned out that way, with Bayern instead relying on the likes of Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara. Gotze played just 1064 minutes of football for the Bavarians this season and reports suggest that new manager Carlo Ancelotti has told Gotze to look elsewhere for first team football.

Gotze’s Germany are currently priced at 7/2 in Bet365’s Euro 2016 betting markets and the Bayern man could play a key role for Joachim Loew’s side once again. The Germany national team boss is a huge fan of Gotze but the player’s lack of match fitness could hinder his chances of making a major impact for Germany this summer. If Loew gives him the opportunity, Gotze has the talent to succeed but it’s all ‘ifs and buts’ right now – and it would be foolish to expect Loew to start Gotze on a regular basis after his hit-and-miss campaign for Bayern this season.

Germany players cheering after winning 2” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  himanisdas 

However, Gotze will be desperate to start for Loew’s side this summer, as he looks to make a positive impression on Ancelotti. The new Bayern boss will be watching his players carefully throughout the competition and the midfielder may be able to win the Italian over if he puts in some strong performances. The 23 year old is capable of producing a moment of magic but his progress has been hindered by a lack of first team action. Who knows, he could surprise us all and lead Germany to back-to-back major titles.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Mario Gotze has plenty of potential and he would be a real asset in any side. Unfortunately, he hasn’t really fitted in at Bayern Munich since leaving Borussia Dortmund but he’s certainly capable of winning Ancelotti over. On his day, Gotze is a supreme star and ranks as one of the top midfield prospects in the world. Bayern should keep him on their books as, at just 23 years old, he still has plenty of time to mature into a truly great player. And with Ancelotti’s guidance, you wouldn’t bet against Gotze having a long and successful career at the Allianz Arena just yet…

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