Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bayern Munich Make Statement of Intent with Serge Gnabry Commitment

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Schalke star Leon Goretzka is an obvious pick but it’s with their firm commitment to Serge Gnabry that Bayern Munich are making a strong pledge to German roots as generation shift looms at the Bavarian giants.

Back to Roots

Both traditionally and historically speaking, Bayern Munich have always been the main standpoint of the German football, club-wise and internationally.

The imminent signature of one of the latest emerging talents in German football Leon Goretzka from Schalke will come as little surprise knowing that the 22-year-old midfield maestro is the pick of the crop and an obvious choice as a world-class footballer in the making.

Goretzka’s summer arrival will make him the fifth German gem to join Bayern Munich in just a year’s time.

Bayern Munich recruited Nikas Sule, Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Serge Gnabry as part of their strong commitment to strengthening the German core and Leon Goretzka’s arrival at the end of the current campaign will only be a cherry on top.

A move for PSG out-of-favour star Julian Draxler is also on the cards according to the latest reports and if it proves to be true, Bayern Munich are definitely going back to a model that had been tried and tested throughout the history of the most successful club in Germany.

Generating a German Core

Seemingly moving away from a change in modus operandi applied under Pep Guardiola which saw the Bavarians pounce for ready-made polished products such as Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal among others, Bayern Munich are returning to a familiar terrain.

Germany’s greatest are going through a transitional period which requires building a strong foundation now that Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery – as the laurels of an ending era – are preparing to leave the club following the retirements of Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm.

Having once again gained a firm footing in the Bundesliga despite the pressing emergence of last season’s sensation RB Leipzig or this term’s standouts Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, Bayern Munich are slowly shifting their focus on new challenges and the Champions League as well.

Without the coveted trophy since 2013 when they won the fabled treble under the guidance of current boss Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarians did not go further than semi-finals in all three years under Pep Guardiola.

Commitment to Gnabry

Their long-term plans imply slotting their foot firmly on the European pedestal and home-grown talent is what they hope will help them achieve their goal. Bayern Munich currently stand at 19/4 betting odds to win the Champions League this season.

The aforementioned German talents have all but one been given more than a good shot at proving their worth to Bayern Munich, however. Serge Gnabry is arguably the only player in the company of Sule, Rudy and Wagner not to be able to keep his stock high above the line.

Always on Bayern Munich’s mind, the former Arsenal youngster was brought back to his homeland last summer following years spent in London and a sensational season on loan at Werder Bremen. He was immediately loaned out to Hoffenheim for the 2017/18 season and tasked with proving that his Werder form was not merely a flash in the pan.

Does Gnabry Truly Have a Future at Bayern?

An unfortunate injury prevented him from doing so, however, as Gnabry’s influence got limited to only ten matches during which the German winger scored two goals and registered as many assists.

Speculation regarding his future have been constant with the 22-year-old predicted to remain for another year with Julian Nagelsmann’s side. Latest reports and confirmations coming from none other than Karl Heinz-Rummenigge state that Gnabry will be returning to Bayern at the end of the season.

A firm commitment to rounding up Germany’s best talents from Bayern Munich with Serge Gnabry at the epicentre will definitely bring Bayern Munich closer to achieving their long-term plans for the future.

The Bavarians are in need of quality wide men and with Gnabry they will get a valuable option up front.

The former Arsenal man might lack experience at the highest level but most definitely has enough ability and potential to lift his game to a higher level and prove himself as a worthy bearer of Bayern Munich banner in years to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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