For the most part, Bayern Munich’s summer transfer window has been seen as successful, especially after finally getting Leroy Sane from Manchester City. He is one of ten players who were brought in during the window that provided Hansi Flick with the depth he needed in a season where games come and go in all competitions.
There is no cover-up that team rotations are absolutely necessary with such a truncated schedule this season, but the extra depth is also something that will keep some of the major players on the squad more honest. In other words, the starting places are always up for grabs and at the end of the day Flick will pick whoever he thinks will get the best job at a given position. He reiterated the speech after Bayern’s 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend (Tz), a game that saw Bouna Sarr start on Benjamin Pavard at right-back.
“It’s important to have a full squad,” Flick said. “Bouna played a good game, and it’s important for all the other players to see that there is someone else who is really good. That could cost an extra percent or two. “
Sarr made a decent shift against Frankfurt, which Flick and Pavard certainly took note of. He started the streak that led to Sane’s goal and improved considerably when he came out in the 3-0 DFB-Pokal victory over FC Düren. There was even a decent duel for the starting spots at left-back position between Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies, but Davies is now facing a spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury suffered very early against Frankfurt. Even before that game Davies had lost minutes to a fit Hernandez, so now his injury throws another twist in the tide for Flick.
The Bayern Munich manager may have to find solutions at the left-back when he has to make rotations. David Alaba could come back to the left-back if necessary, Pavard or Sarr could switch to the left side of the defense, or Pavard and Sarr could start on the opposite flanks; the options are there, but there are equal chances for everyone to claim.
Musiala is still a sensation in the world
Jamal Musiala, 17, has also impressed with the performances he has achieved so far. The center / winger midfielder has made a total of seven first-team appearances in all competitions this season, scoring in the 8-0 victory over Schalke as well as the 5-0 victory over Frankfurt.
He started and played the 90 minutes against Düren and has looked lively every time he came in as a substitute. On the international scene, Musiala causes a bit of conflict between the DFB and the FA. He was born in Stuttgart, but played for England’s U15s and U16s after growing up in England with his mother while she was studying abroad. He has played a few matches for the German U16s, but is currently registered with the English U17s.