From Klopp target to Dortmund scrapheap: Why has 'talent of the century' Gotze failed to live up to the hype?

From Klopp target to Dortmund scrapheap: Why has 'talent of the century' Gotze failed to live up to the hype?

From Klopp target to Dortmund scrapheap: Why has 'talent of the century' Gotze failed to live up to the hype? At 27, the Germany international should be in his prime, but a once promising career has not panned out how most predicted it would It was the kind of stage that was once made for Mario Gotze. Instead, as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich duked it out in their top-of-the table Bundesliga clash on Tuesday night, German football’s one-time boy wonder watched on, his contribution limited to a 10-minute cameo from the bench – and an underwhelming one at that. When you have scored the winner in a World Cup final, it is hard to describe your career as anything other than a success. But as Gotze approaches his 28th birthday, and with his Dortmund contract set to expire this summer , the question is a fair one. Why has the “talent of the century” been unable to live up to his vast promise? It was Matthias Sammer who labelled him that. Robert Lewandowski has called him “an extraordinary player”, while Jurgen Klopp has said he was “the best young player I ever coached.” To Joachim Low he was the “wunderkind” of the national team, while to Franz Beckenbauer he was “the best attacker Germany had.” Certainly, the teenage Gotze was something special. Dynamic, intelligent, quick, creative and outstanding technically, he looked the ideal 21st-century footballer; versatile, exceptional in transition and tactically astute. “Super Mario,” Bild labelled him. By his 20th birthday he had helped Dortmund ...
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