As the January transfer window is approaching, speculation about Mesut Ozil continues to mount. While Arsene Wenger has clearly stated that Ozil won’t be leaving in the January window, it is difficult to foresee the management letting a player they bought for £42.5 million to leave for free.
Althoug Manchester United have emerged as the most likely suitor for a cut-price deal, I believe the Germany international could still end up playing for Bayern.
However, the question remains, is Mesut Ozil worth it?
Ozil’s age and wage demands are an issue
Age is a hindering factor. The midfield maestro turns 30 around the start of next season, and isn’t likely to have more than a couple years left in his prime. His huge wage demands are another problem, and it is likely he’d expect wages north of his current 7.2 million GBP annual salary.
Where Ozil would fit in at Bayern?
The biggest problem, according to me, is where exactly a player like Ozil would fit? Bayern have a plethora of attacking talent. Ozil would be competing for a spot with Muller, James, Coman, Robben and Thiago.
While Ozil has definitely impressed in his time at Arsenal, it is difficult to imagine him finding a first-team spot regularly at Bayern, and paying exorbitant wages to a player who spends half his time on the bench is difficult to justify. Bayern should instead look to hire young players which will guarantee long-term rewards.
However, even if Bayern do end up looking at the transfer market, there are many younger, and better options available.
While Lorenzo Insigne would command a significant transfer fee, his slick movement and a phenomenal crossing ability, one that most Bayern players currently lack, would see him slide into the first team. Goretzka is another option, and his ability to play deep would let the team shift seamlessly to a 4-3-3 formation when required.
That is not to say that Ozil has his own perks, and is a good creative player in his own right. However, he may be better suited to a club like Barcelona that lack quality alternatives in his position.