Making a move to Bayern Munich has proved to be a step too far for some German youngsters down the years, but Gomez has thrived in the big-time after an initial settling period, with his sparkling Champions League performances this season confirming his class in no uncertain terms.
His critics argue he has spells where his confidence can drop alarmingly if the ball is not running his way, yet that has not been a problem in recent months as he had bagged goals aplenty for Bayern in the Bundesliga and against Europe’s finest.
Despite scoring six times in as many Euro 2012 qualifying appearances, there is still some doubt over the role he will play with the Nationalmannschaft this summer. If coach Joachim Low sticks with his plan to play with one lead striker, Gomez may have to settle for a spot on the bench behind Miroslav Klose.
However, his scintillating form this season suggests his country have to find a place for this former Stuttgart player in their line-up. “We may not have too many classic strikers, but in Klose and Gomez we have a duo who can score against anyone,” states coach Low. “No one is guaranteed a place in the team and that is true to Mario, but he has been in fantastic form.”