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Monday, July 8, 2013

Mario Gomez: A New Challenge in the Offing?

by a contributing writer from Soccerlens


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Mario Gomez in June 2011 in action for the German national team.
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Bayern Munich's treble success in 2012-13 will be built on by the arrival of former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola next season - it certainly is an exciting time to be involved with the Bavarian club.

However, one player that looks on his way out of the Champions League winning side is Mario Gomez. Once a mainstay in the Allianz Arena side's starting XI, the Germany international has been on the fringes over the course of the most recent, momentous campaign.

Is His Future Elsewhere?

Gomez's agent has openly stated that the striker's future may well be elsewhere, with bwin sports betting suggesting that Napoli, Fiorentina and a host of Premier League clubs are interested in the forward.

Gomez may well consider waiting for Guardiola's arrival before making a decision. However, traditional number nine's have not prospered under the Spanish coach in the past - just ask Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto'o. Add to this the fact that Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski is thought to be a major target for Die Roten, and Gomez's time in Bavaria looks numbered.

The 27-year-old has been unlucky to be ousted from the Bayern side, and was victim of Mario Mandzukic's excellent form after joining the club, whilst he was injured. This may well allow another top side to purchase a world-class forward at an affordable price.

Impressive Strike Rate



Looking at Gomez's goalscoring rate shows his calibre - he has hit the back of the net 25 times for his country in 58 outings. His record at domestic level is just as impressive, and better - 113 goals in 174 games for Bayern Munich.

A Prized Commodity

The likes of Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and a host of other top European sides are thought to be in the market for a new striker this summer, and could do a lot worse than enquire about Gomez. Despite having limited game time over the last 12 months, he is still a top class poacher, who has delivered a consistent flow of goals throughout his career.

With a World Cup coming up next summer, Gomez will look to play regular first team football, and will potentially make an excellent signing for a clever investor this summer.


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