Now two years removed from one of the highest profile transfers in German football, Mario Götze arrived at Bayern Munich which high expectations and high standards. After a solid first campaign under Pep Guardiola, this season was supposed to be the culmination of promise coming off scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final in Brazil.
Instead it was a season plagued by inconsistency, rapidly oscillating form, and a failure to fulfill the promise everyone expected from Mario Götze
His Season Performance
With a stellar start to the season, Mario Götze looked like he was going to launch into the season we all expected from him. He found his role facilitating behind Lewandowski partnering especially well with Franck Ribery and Juan Bernat to great effect. By the end of November, he had already logged 11 goals and 4 assists across all competitions.
The everything went kaput as Götze was invisible for the next 6 months. Besides notching a brace in an 8-0 win over a Hamburg side that can only generously be described as a team, Götze didn't score a single league goal and his only two other goals came within a a 7-day stretch in early March. Adding onto those struggles Götze didn't link up well with his teammates and was tactically static in most matches. While he flashed his skills at times -- the 6-1 win over FC Porto being a prime example -- for the most part, Mario Götze was just not there for Bayern Munich after December.
Next Season Prospects
In some ways, the criticism leveled at Mario Götze is unfair. He just turned 23-year-old and he's still learning how to make the most of his phenomenal technical skillset. He's likely going to be inconsistent and he's likely to go through dry spells. But joining Bayern Munich after a €40M buyout clause and annual wages estimated at the highest on the team, the minimum level of expectation for Mario Götze is high -- and next season he has to start delivering.