Manchester City’s attempt to retain the Premier League may be over, but their determination to win it back next year is already apparent. With the departure of Mario Balotelli, some of the world’s best strikers are being linked with Roberto Mancini’s men. The Express claims Mario Gomez tops City’s transfer targets, and this should excite their supporters.
If losing out on Van Persie has cost Manchester City the title this year, signing Mario Gomez could help win the league next year. The German striker is vastly under-rated, despite a remarkable scoring record at club and international level. If Bayern are to recruit Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund and thus allow Gomez to move on, there are few clubs in Europe who wouldn’t be interested. City hold the obvious advantage that their financial clout should blow any other bidders out of the water.
His club career statistics are outstanding. In 353 appearances for VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, he has netted 207 times. Gomez’s record is even more impressive when considering his time at Bayern alone: 99 goals in 154 games! In an era without Messi and Ronaldo we would hear a lot more about such a prolific forward. Gomez has impressed at international level as well, with 25 goals in 58 appearances. Perhaps his most notable goals to date were the two that helped Germany defeat the Netherlands in Euro 2012.
Some would argue that Gomez is a similar player to Dzeko, but I would disagree. With the right service from wide areas, Gomez would score more goals. He is a born finisher with an incredible instinct for being in the right place in the box. With the likes of Silva, Nasri, and Aguero around him, he would cause Premier League defences huge problems. His height and strength adds another dimension to his game, capable of holding the ball up and winning headers regularly – not something Dzeko excels at despite his stature.
Mario Gomez would cost Manchester City a huge sum of money – but with around £20 million recouped from the sale of Balotelli, upgrading to a new ‘Super Mario’ may be a shrewd investment.