Miroslav Klose joined Bayern from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2007 from Werder Bremen. The well-loved Germany international became a fan favourite immediately at the club. He performed well in his first two seasons; however the arrival of Louis Van Gaal coincided with a completely unexplained loss of the German's form. Yet, Bayern should perhaps hang on to him for another year and a half. This is why:
6. The veteran always seems to have an extra trick in the bag. Last season, Bayern might have gone on to lose the Bundesliga title had they not claimed a point against Borussia Monchengladbach. Down 1-0 in the game, Van Gaal brought Klose to the pitch and the German striker scored the equalizer.
5. Having an experienced head in the team is always helpful. With Hans-Joerg Butt set to hang up his boots and Mark Van Bommel set to leave in the summer, the Bayern squad will lack members of 30 years of age or above.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has been in Germany for only a year and a half. That just leaves Ivica Olic. Otherwise Bayern is a young and ambitious side. Miro Klose is a calm person and to have a great German international within the ranks might help the youngsters.
4. Bayern doesn't have a choice but to keep him in the club until the end of the season. At the end of the current season, Bayern will have to release him. Instead, they can earn something if they extend his contract till June 2012 and allow him to leave in the winter transfer window at the beginning of next year.
Should Bayern keep Klose?
3. As Barcelona and Real Madrid provide the Spanish national side with the most players, Bayern provides Germany with most of the internationals. Germany, at the moment, relies on Miro Klose heavily for goals. He has scored almost half of Germany's goals in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. As a result, for the good of the national team, Bayern could decide to keep him.
2. Currently, there are very few old school strikers in the market. Not too many strikers are willing to switch to midfield in an unknown position or help out in defence. Miro Klose is an out and out striker, but unbelievably has been played in the hole behind the striker by Louis Van Gaal. Bayern, if Miro Klose is on form might find him a very important asset when they have a long injury list.
1. Mario Gomez is slightly injury-prone. He has slight niggling issues almost every season that keep him out for around three to six weeks. Ivica Olic will be returning from a long injury induced absence at the end of the season and will take at least six months to produce his old form.
Very few top European strikers will be content to sit on the bench, even, at a top class European side. As a result, Bayern should tie Klose down until they find a good replacement. There are rumours about Bryan Ruiz—however, Ruiz is not exactly a poacher.
Do you agree with me? I would love to know your opinions.