Once regarded as one of the greatest young talents in European football, Mario Gotze has seen his career fall off a cliff and lost the momentum he once had. But his time at PSV Eindhoven is showing that perhaps there is still time to turn his career around and reach a level that a lot of fans thought he left behind.
After Mario Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup, it seems that the former Bayern Munich man was bound for greatness and to achieve even bigger heights. But his career took a turn for the worse and that lasted for years.
His time at Bayern Munich never lived up to the expectations. In addition, injuries and lack of consistency also hurt his comeback to Borussia Dortmund, where he had made a name for himself in the early 2010s as one of Europe’s biggest young talents. By the end of last season, Dortmund decided that they were not going to renew his contract and Mario Gotze was a free agent, with this perhaps being the lowest point of his career so far. It felt that he was destined to become another failed promise that didn’t live up to the expectations bestowed upon him.
But his decision to join Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven was perhaps a very smart decision as Gotze was given the possibility of joining a strong team and play in a less demanding league like the Dutch one where he could gain his confidence back and find some form. And that he has. Mario Gotze has looked a lot better in the Eredivisie than he has in recent years and he is starting to look more like the player that made people fall in love with his football. Injuries are still taking a toll, but his football has improved a lot.
We don’t know how things are going to pan out for the World Cup winner, but football could always use a little bit more of magic.