How to replace Mario Götze

At the end of this season Mario Götze, Germany's super talent, will move from Borussia Dortmund to its arch rival Bayern München. A player if this talent is impossible to substitute. Or is it? Various names are rumoured to be on Borussia Dortmunds shopping list. The following chart compares the players I found in internet as alleged candidates.

Non of the candidates is really of Mario's talent, though Ajax Amsterdam's Christian Eriksen is close. Jackson Martinez is also excellent, but doesn't seem to fit as good in Dortmund's strategy to develop young talents.

Chealsea's talent Kevin de Bruyne had a promising start but failed to develop good in the recent years. Probably he also regrets his move to Werder Bremen. Son, playing for Hamburger SV, didn't have a convincing Goalimpact so far despite good critics. He certainly has talent, but it would be a bet if he really can do use of it better than in the past. Bernand is supposed to be a Brazilian supertalent. He currently plays at Atletico Mineiro. There are not too many observations of him in my database, but he managed to be above his team average already. A risky choice, but it may work out very good.

Bottom line: Eriksen seems to be the best option.

If you see other rumors, please leave me a link in the comments and I can add further players.


Here are some more rumored players as hinted in the comments.

Kevin Prince Boateng is a great player, but seems to be less effective in the last year. Certainly a good option. Antonio Candreva started late in his career to produce significant Goalimpact. The raise at the age of 25 concides with his move from Cesena to Lazio. I think it is a difficult choice. Klopp would need to be very sure that he can use him more efficient as he is not very young anymore and not easy to shape. For Goretzka and Vietto there is too little data available. No Götze dimension of talent, but Goalimpact doesn't show a red flag either. Isco looks similar promising.

Kevin Volland had too little Goalimpact so far to be recommended. Dortmund would need to invest in his talents first until he will be effective. Christian Benteke showed his talents more than once in his career, but experienced ups and downs already in his young career. Maybe he suffered from frequent team changes. Thiago is excellent. According to Goalimpact certainly a player that can turn out as valuable as Götze. Dzeko is different he started getting high ratings in his second year at Manchester and could in the current form reinforce any team in the world. A good option if a complete player rather than a talent is thought after.

Internal solutions could be Bittencourt and Hofmann. The former seems not yet convincing although he lately played some games for the A team. Hofmann looked more promising, but saw his measured performance dropping in the last year.