With the “shocking” news that Arjen Robben is still injured, not really shocking, as the injury occurred last season, and not with the Dutch National side in the World Cup as Van Gaal insinuates, Bayern Munich’s door just opened for Miroslav Klose to play more minutes out wide. This should also give young Austrian International David Alaba an opportunity to play some first team football.
Few teams in the world have the attacking depth of Bayern Munich at the moment, and having Miroslav Klose able to fill in for Robben should make Bayern better defensively, though Robben is a better attacking player from the wing, if you don’t mind his cutting it inside all the time. Where as Klose will work better with Muller at opening up the defenses in the Bundesliga.
If Bayern were like most clubs this would be a catastrophe, losing a world class winger on the eve of the season would panic many clubs and send them rushing to the transfer market. But this is not just any club it’s Bayern Munich, and they have the luxury of calling on Klose, Kroos or Tymoschuk or maybe even Alaba.
Alaba is the youngest player ever capped for Austria, and has been hailed as the savior of Austrian football. With pace, a magic left foot, and a tactical sense for the game unseen in any young players since well, last year’s call up of his Bayern youth side teammate Thomas Muller. Coaches say that Alaba shined brighter than even Muller. So, in typical German fashion Bayern will not panic, they will simply replace the part of the machine that is broken and stay on schedule.
By now you may get my point, Bayern is capable of producing stars from its youth side, and capable of buying players like Robben when required, and right now a winger is not required, a central defender would be nice, but a winger no Bayern have those just sitting around waiting for an opportunity to play.
Will Robben’s absence affect the outcome of the Super Cup against Raul and Schalke, yes it will his name will not appear on the team sheet it will instead read Klose, and in the 80th minute David Alaba.
You see Robben is a great player but he is prone to injury and suffers periods of discontent and the smart manager always has a few spare parts lying about for moments just like this one. Bayern are just fortunate enough to have Klose.
While Louis van Gaal is no fan of Klose’s preferring Robben to the German International, a right side with Lahm at the back, Klose in the middle and Muller up front is something most sides would sell their souls for just not van Gaal and Bayern Munich.