After a strong start to a promising career, but difficult last years, Mario Götze landed at PSV completely out of nowhere on Tuesday on ‘Deadline Day’. In Eindhoven, the 28-year-old midfielder hopes to show again why he was so praised in the past. “He can help PSV quickly.”
‘Götze can still decide matches’
With the arrival of Marco van Ginkel and the German talent Adrian Fein, PSV already experienced a busy ‘Deadline Day’ anyway, but the best for the fans was yet to come. The people from Eindhoven strengthened themselves a few hours before midnight very surprisingly for two years with the transfer-free Götze.
Trainer Roger Schmidt suddenly has the Golden Boy of 2011 (the prize for the greatest talent in Europe), the match winner of the World Cup final in 2014 and the man who became champion several times with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. But also the player who has been far from his top form for some time.
Partly due to a metabolic disease – which he no longer suffers from – Götze was struggling with his health after his return to Dortmund in 2017 and he could no longer show what was expected of him in the beginning. After a disappointing last season in which he often did not play, he hopes to revive his career at PSV.
“Götze is still a brilliant player with his qualities and technique”, says Dortmund watcher Sebastian Kolsberger of image. “The last season was terrible for him, because there was no place for him in coach Lucien Favre’s 3-4-3 system. But the year before, Götze showed his best game in six years.”
In that particular 2018/2019 season, Götze came to 34 official matches – the highest number of duels for him in one season since 2014/2015 – in which he scored seven times and delivered as many assists. Yet last season he sat on the couch more often than he would like. ‘Götzinho’, as he was sometimes called in his prime, played only fifteen of the 34 league games.
“Götze’s problem in recent years has been a lack of speed,” says Kolsberger. “At Dortmund things have been going much faster in recent years. He also had guys like Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Giovanni Reyna before him. But Götze is still a player who can decide a match.”
The disadvantage for the 63-time international is that PSV coach Schmidt currently uses a 4-4-2 system without a number 10. “That is the perfect position for Götze. If Schmidt adjusts his system and puts Götze on 10 , then I’m sure he can be of value to PSV. But it does depend on that. “
According to Kolsberger, it will not take very long before Götze is fit. “Of course he missed rhythm at Dortmund due to a lack of matches, but he worked on his fitness every day. I am convinced that he can help PSV quickly.”
Mario Gotze shot Germany to the world title in 2014. (Photo: ANP)