In this feature, two of our writers weigh the pros and cons of controversial issues on all things Borussia Dortmund. Here we debate the potential return of Mario Götze.
Rumours have been flying around in recent weeks, and it seems as though there’s a real chance of the 24-year-old making a sensational return to his boyhood club. The matter has become a hot topic among BVB supporters all over the world. Here are our two cents.
Yes, it’s too good an opportunity to pass up.
by Lars Pollmann
Mario Götze is, potentially at least, a world-class player. Adding him to an attack consisting of Ousmane Dembélé, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus (and potentially André Schürrle) is a mouth-watering thought.
Götze would be an upgrade over Shinji Kagawa as a No. 10, an upgrade over Adrian Ramos as the back-up central forward (Thomas Tuchel has toyed with the idea of using a midfielder in that role but hasn’t had the best options) and he could even play as a winger for the Black and Yellows, as well in central midfield to fill the void of Ilkay Gündogan.
His problem at Bayern was Pep Guardiola’s focus on wing play. Douglas Costa or Kingsley Coman are in no way, shape or form better players than Götze, but they’re better fits for what the Catalan wants from his widemen. And Carlo Ancelotti has already announced that he is not planning to tinker too much with Guardiola’s setup. At Dortmund, the wingers don’t provide width. That’s the full-backs’ responsibility.
BVB’s wingers move into the middle zones early and often, and Götze’s technical skills and situational awareness make him a good fit for that role.
Of course, it’s all a projection at this point. Numerous injuries have halted his progress and are the main reason he could be available for Dortmund in the first place.
It’s easy to forget now, but Götze played very well in his first year in Bavaria. Thomas Tuchel is the perfect coach to get him back to that level and even beyond.
No one should want to see a once-in-a-generation talent like Götze go to waste, despite what happened three years ago.
Yes, the circumstances surrounding his departure were at the very least unfortunate, but it’s time people let go. After all, Dortmund agreed to the contract that made his exit via a release clause possible.
In my mind, there isn’t a huge difference between Götze’s transfer and the one of Nuri Sahin to Real Madrid.
Götze said he could see himself ending his career at the club and was off two months later. Some seem to forget, however, that Sahin said “the fans know how I’ll decide,” and he, too, was off shortly thereafter. And in a funny twist, Götze might end his career in Dortmund after all.
The big difference seems to be that Sahin went to Madrid and not Dortmund’s biggest rival (sorry, Schalke). But should that really make such a huge difference?
Whether Dortmund fans like it or not, both Real and Bayern are a notch above the Black and Yellows in every aspect that matters in this scenario, not only in monetary terms. The opportunity to move to either one of those clubs is something very few players will pass up.
If one feels betrayed by Götze’s move to Bayern, so be it. But to hold a grudge against someone for years over a transfer? That seems excessive.
When Jürgen Klopp left Dortmund, people said no man was bigger than the club. A return of Götze would be a barometer on that saying.
No, it’s not worth the trouble.
by Luca Gierl
Disclaimer: I’m personally not opposed to a transfer of Mario Götze, but I understand why a lot of people are. Here’s why:
First of all there is the sporting side of things. While Götze undoubtedly had the potential to become a world-class player, he didn’t manage to do so at Bayern. Ever since the inflammation of his pubic joint in 2012, Götze has tried to add core strength and stability to lessen the risk of injuries.
Unfortunately those added pounds in muscles seem to have slowed him down and made him less agile, a quality which was so characteristic to his game. Furthermore, Götze can’t be in the best state of mind after playing relatively little for Bayern and hardly featuring at the Euros 2016.
Even the confidence of such a seemingly self-assured guy can’t be overly high after this. Could Dortmund, of all places, be the place for Götze to regain his confidence in peace?
That seems like a long shot, considering the mood among many fans. Which brings me to the next point: the role of the fans and the stadium.
Götze’s transfer to the biggest sporting rival at the time, in the year of the biggest confrontation between Dortmund and Bayern, is still seen as a betrayal by some – or at least a very bad move by a lot of fans. Especially after he stated that he “could imagine to end his career in Dortmund” just a few months earlier. Götze’s social media shenanigans added to the image of him as an unapproachable walking advert for himself and the companies he represents.
The image of Borussia Dortmund as a club and the one of the player just don’t seem to fit. The Götze showing Borussia legend Dede’s shirt after scoring seems to be one of the past.
All of this makes it very hard to predict how the stadium will react to Götze. Will they treat him like everyone else, ignore him or even boo him? All of those are real possibilities and should the latter be the case, it’s hard to see Götze getting back to his old level in such an environment. The pressure to perform on the pitch would simply be immense.
The rumours are already dividing the fans of Dortmund. Is one player, as good as he may be, really worth the risk of division among the fans? Probably not.
Lastly, it seems like an odd strategy for Dortmund to take back players they once sold and who then failed at their new club. Those players usually are worse than they were when leaving, physically and mentally, and it takes time and patience to get them back on track, if they can get back to their best at all. Götze has also won numerous titles with Bayern and it’d remain to be seen if he still has the will and hunger that is so characteristic for Tuchel’s Dortmund.
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— Yellowwallpod (@Yellowwallpod) July 14, 2016