VEintracht saved itself six years ago from relegation to the Bundesliga. Mario Götze became champion with Bayern after winning the title in Dortmund and making Germany world champions in 2014 with his goal in the final. The fact that the paths of club and player are now crossing is one of the crazy developments that spice up football.
However, can a descending branch and an ascending branch grow prosperously on a tree? Well: why not?
Great opportunities with low risks
The collaboration offers great opportunities for both sides with comparatively low risks. Götze doesn’t have much to lose anyway and enjoys competing again in the premier class with one of the most emotional clubs. With Götze, the Frankfurters get the ball-safe, constructive and clever offensive power that they urgently need for a better balance and greater variability in their game. The key question is: Can the attacking midfielder still bring his skills to the pitch at the age of 30?
The answer is: most likely yes, unless you expect him to perform at a world-class level, which he last showed in 2014. But the idol, which has fulfilled the expectations of PSV Eindhoven in the past two years, is sufficient for the demands of Eintracht. Götze has stabilized in the seclusion of the Eredivisie, worked seriously and developed a level of fitness and robustness that he lacked to be successful at Bayern. With a fee of three million euros and a basic salary of less than three million euros, the former world star also fits into the financial structure of the Hessians.
The fact that he is available on these terms speaks against the fear that a well-fed idol could poison the community of mentality players as a rotten apple in the Frankfurt basket. If there were doubts about Götze’s motivation, Eintracht would know. Sports director Krösche and coach Glasner were assistant coaches to Roger Schmidt, Götze’s coach in Eindhoven. Götze and Eintracht: it’s worth a try.