Strengths and Weaknesses of Chelsea Transfer Target Mario Goetze

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2015

Strengths and Weaknesses of Chelsea Transfer Target Mario Goetze

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    It's been a quiet summer at Chelsea thus far, with Jose Mourinho seeing more players leave Stamford Bridge than come in.

    Radamel Falcao has been signed on loan from Monaco, but Petr Cech has left to join Arsenal and a host of youngsters have been sent out on loan.

    Chelsea remain in the market for some big names to strengthen their squad, however, with recent rumours linking them with Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze.

    The Express claimed Mourinho is ready to fight it out with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal for the 23-year-old, who is valued at around £50 million.

    The German is an exciting prospect and can add plenty to what Chelsea already have in their ranks. That said, there are also sides to his game that he would need to work on if Gotze were to become a regular for Mourinho.

    Join us as we break down Gotze's strengths and weaknesses.

Strength: Dribbling Ability

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    Players who operate in and around the attacking-midfield areas need two things above all else: pace and the ability to dribble.

    Gotze has both, with his ball skills one of his strongest assets.

    This allows him to beat players, create space for others and cause problems in the final third.

    Chelsea do not have an abundance of players of his ilk capable of doing that.

    Eden Hazard is the standout player at Stamford Bridge in this regard, while Oscar is more than capable when he feels like it.

    Outside of that pair, Chelsea lack any real substance in the skill department, though.

    Gotze's ability with the ball at his feet would certainly add to the creativity of Jose Mourinho's side.

Weakness: Defence

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    When it comes the defensive capabilities of attacking players, most managers do not get too hung up on them.

    Jose Mourinho does.

    The Chelsea boss demands defensive brilliance and commitment from every player in his squad—from John Terry right through to Diego Costa.

    Indeed, it's caused friction at times with Eden Hazard, who has adjusted his game to suit the manager's needs.

    Mario Gotze isn't known for his defensive contributions, and he would need to improve rapidly under Mourinho.

    The German is a poor tackler, and compared to the rest of his game, his defensive qualities are lacking.

Strength: Is a Threat on the Counter

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    As well as being excellent in possession, Mario Gotze has shown what a threat he can be on the counter-attack.

    He was schooled by Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, who hit teams hard and fast on the break, and there's more than an element of that at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola.

    Gotze has a knack for timing his runs to perfection, arriving in space at the right time to either shoot on goal or lay off for a team-mate.

    He can get attacks started and, when on the front foot, is a real danger to teams.

Weakness: Aerial Ability

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    Being 5'8", Mario Gotze isn't the most imposing figure in any team he plays for.

    And given the towering physique of some Chelsea players, it would also be the case at Stamford Bridge.

    Jose Mourinho's teams play with an air of grace about them, but it doesn't come at the cost of being physical.

    Chelsea often dominate their opponents in this regard, mixing it up as they throw down the gauntlet.

    Of course, not every player has to get involved in that area, and we wouldn't expect Gotze to be an overly physical element of Mourinho's side.

    He would need to work on his ability in the air, though. Gotze's aerial ability leaves a lot to be desired, and in this Chelsea team, that weaker side of his game would be exposed perhaps more than it is elsewhere.

Strength: Can Play Wide or Through the Middle

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    Do not underestimate the ability of players to be versatile.

    Those who operate in attacking midfield are far more of a threat when they have the ability to rotate across the front line.

    We often see Eden Hazard swap wings with Willian and at times play through the middle in the No. 10 position at Chelsea.

    It makes it harder for defenders to pick them up, and the variation keeps attacking movements fresh.

    Mario Gotze is equally capable in this department. He would prove a threat in any one of the front three attacking midfielders in this Chelsea team.

    That would be an asset in game situations, but at times when suspensions and injuries stack up, it means he would give Jose Mourinho options.

Weakness: Loyalty

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    We don't know Mario Gotze personally, but ask Borussia Dortmund fans about him and they will have a few things to say about his loyalty.

    The circumstances surrounding his move to Bayern Munich in 2013 were far from savoury. How much of a role the player had in the way things were handled is debatable—after all, it's agents who deal with the finer points of a move—but like it or not, the deal can be held against his character.

    Gotze is respected for his ability as a player, yet as we're seeing in the ongoing standoff between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling, bad reputations can follow players.

    Was Gotze's move to Bayern just badly handled, or does it say more about the player's character and his loyalty?

    It's a question most managers and fans will ask when their club signs a player who has been caught up in controversy before.

Strength: Link-Up Play

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    In Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea have the master at linking defence and attack.

    The Spaniard transformed how Chelsea operate last season, dramatically improving their attacking movement to get the best out of the strikers and attacking midfielders.

    Gotze operates in a different way to Fabregas, but he is equally adept at getting the ball forward to link up with those around him.

    He's a cute player, one with a repertoire of neat, soft touches to make things look easy on the eye.

    He enjoys playing the short ball, working space and bringing others around him into the game.

    Chelsea need a player like that to complement what they already have.

Weakness: Is Mario Gotze Too Self-Righteous?

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    Plenty of players and pundits have waded in on the debate over Chelsea's tactics in the past.

    Does Jose Mourinho park the bus?

    Well, Mario Gotze evidently thinks so. After the 2014 Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid, Gotze didn't hold back in his criticism.

    Bayern Munich had themselves just been dumped out of the competition by Real Madrid.

    "You can do it like Chelsea did at Atletico and park the bus in your own penalty area. That's not our style," he told Bayern's official website (h/t Goal).

    "I'm firmly convinced [Bayern] play football the way it should be played."

    Quite how those views would fit in with Jose Mourinho's philosophy remains to be seen.

    Would Gotze be willing to change his ways when the time calls for it?

    Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes