Should Ilkay Gundogan be receiving interest similar to that of his team-mates after another great season at the club?
So there we have it; Borussia Dortmund are in the UEFA Champions League final after a 4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid.
In the end the Bundesliga outfit certainly made it harder than it had to be for them to claim their rightful place in the Wembley finale. Late goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos made it tense for the German outfit; as well as their own insatiable need to go for goal rather than run possession into the corners.
The likelihood is that they will share the Wembley turf later this month with their Deutsche contemporaries Bayern Munich.
Which brings you to their next big challenge of rebuilding for next season. Bayern have already secured the services of the excellent Mario Gotze while Robert Lewandowski is also expected to leave Signal Iduna Park in the summer. Now Lukas Piszczek is being linked with Real Madrid while Mats Hummels has openly suggested that Barcelona would be a dream destination.
So should the Premier League get in on the action and move for the side’s unsung hero?
For all the plaudits his team-mates receive there is little doubt that without Ilkay Gundogan pulling the strings from midfield that their system would simply not work.
He is the pendulum of this ticking clock and is crucial to their counter-attacking play.
The most impressive part of his play is in the transition. When Dortmund want to switch defence to attack more often or not they do so via the German international in the centre of the park. His cool demeanour allied by an excellent poise he reminds me of a Cesc Fabregas type when he used to play further back with Arsenal. I would actually go as far as to say that in this facet of his game there is perhaps nobody better in Europe.
He would also welcome a move to the Premier League in the future as confirmed by Sky Sports last month:
"Everyone has a childhood dream on what he would like to achieve one day and my dream always was to play in England or Spain.’’
Where could he go?
For me he would be absolutely perfect to the Tottenham Hotspur cause. Andre Villas Boas plays a similar style to that of Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and with Gundogan, Sandro and Moussa Dembele in a three-man midfield Spurs might just find themselves challenging for more than just Champions League football next season.
It may mean moving on Tom Huddlestone or Scott Parker and making life harder for Lewis Holtby but strength in depth is key if Spurs want to go from perennial wannabee’s to Premier League challengers.
While Joao Moutinho seems to be their main target if that does not come to fruition than Gundogan may just be the man to fill his vacancy.
Do you think Ilkay Gundogan would be perfect at Tottenham Hotspur?
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