The latest reports say that Bayern Munich might not be replacing Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho in the squad despite the need for a fourth winger.
This is following the latest comment of the club’s former president, Uli Hoeness. He has therefore dashed the hope of many Bavarians who are eager to see the winger that will be coming into the team to compete against Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Kingsley Coman.
The Bundesliga begins on Friday, with Bayern opening the league, welcoming Schalke 04 to the Allianz Arena.
This development has therefore dashed the hope of a final winger being added to the squad, knowing fully well that Leroy Sane, Gnabry, and Coman are known for having injury issues.
Fourth winger might cause disaffection at Bayern Munich
Speaking on Sport1’s Doppelpass program, the former president said the fourth winger demanded by coach Hansi Flick might not come because he might be too expensive and will be dissatisfied with the squad quickly because of competition.
He further stated that Jerome Boateng may decide whether he stays, adding that Martínez, who is negotiating with several clubs won’t have any obstacle on his way.
This development is following the negotiation for the sales of Ivan Perisic with Inter Milan which broke down. The fans are therefore hoping that the club will go fo another winger as a back up.
The worries around the club are also that they are going into the most congested in recent memory and they will need players to rotate with. Bayern will have additional fixtures this season as they will be involved in two Supercups and the Club World Cup. This is now adding to an already truncated schedule due to the pandemic.
Other wing options available for Bayern
With three injury-prone wingers and no recognized backups, Bayern might have to rely on Thomas Muller, who has traditionally been the team’s makeshift winger for the better part of a decade now. But the German is more effective in tghe middle of the pack than wide.
Flick, who sees Muller as a midfielder and not a winger has played to his strength and he has brought the best out of him. With this situation, in case there is injury, the coach will be forced to change some things in the event of an injury crisis.
Although he has been playing as a left-back, Alphonso Davies is another candidate for the wide positions. It should be noted that the Canadian is not quite the same phenomenon on the wings that he is at left-back because he likes having the whole pitch in front of him so he can run into space.
So, moving him up the pitch means that Bayern loses his pace as a deterrent to opposition counterattacks with the current system relying heavily on a Davies-like player at fullback.
Despite having Lucas Hernandez and David Alaba at his disposal, Flick will still need to tweak few things in order to make Phonzie a viable option on the wings.