3 Bayern Munich Players Who Should Be Loaned out in 2015/16 Season
Bayern Munich’s pre-season has begun, and by the looks of it, Pep Guardiola will have a deeper squad than he had in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.
Joshua Kimmich, Sven Ulreich and marquee signing Douglas Costa have joined the German giants’ ranks and may not be the only additions during the summer. Critically, the likes of Javi Martinez and Philipp Lahm are fit again after missing much of the spring with injuries.
Once again, Bayern find themselves apparently spoilt for choice. And with some players, especially their youngsters, desperate for playing time, it may be the right time for some of their burgeoning talents to follow in the footsteps of Lahm, Toni Kroos and David Alaba in spending some time on loan.
With this in mind, B/R has selected three candidates who could benefit most from a loan spell, with their temporary absence being of seemingly minimal concern. Click “Begin Slideshow” to see our picks.
A year ago, Sinan Kurt was a top talent at 'Gladbach, the jewel of the foals’ academy system who sporting director Max Eberl was loath—but ultimately forced—to sell to Bayern. A year later, he’s made just one brief appearance for the first team amid a rather underwhelming season with the under-19s.
Kurt has a great skill set, with a strong left foot and killer instincts in front of goal. But with his 19th birthday coming in August, he hasn’t made much of his potential just yet and won’t if he continues to play at youth level or with Bayern’s reserves in the German fourth tier.
The signing of Douglas Costa has just about ended his chances of playing first-team football at Bayern this season, and he wouldn’t be missed if he were to leave on loan.
At a lower 1. Bundesliga club or even in the second tier, Kurt could play at a much higher level than the Bayern reserves could offer. The second division would be more of a sure chance for him to start and may be preferred especially after Julian Green’s failed loan spell at Hamburg. But wherever he goes, Kurt will have more of a shot at playing than he currently does in the Bayern first team.
Gianluca Gaudino played first-team football last season more often than Kurt but was essentially frozen out of the squad during the springtime despite a blight of injuries to fellow central midfielders in the German giants’ squad.
Although he showed fantastic technical development, he wasn’t ready to play at the highest level, with his still immature physique being a real hindrance to his appeal for playing time.
Looking ahead to next season, Pierre Hojbjerg is back from his loan at Augsburg and Joshua Kimmich joins with some considerable momentum after being a surprise hit at the under-21 European Championship. Although Gaudino could one day eclipse them, he’s much younger than both of his aforementioned competitors and is unlikely to play much senior-level football in 2015-16. Not without a loan, anyway.
Placement for Gaudino is important, as he has the talent and is developed enough to play first-division football but may still be rather on the small side for a scrappy, relegation-battling side.
The second tier would be more physically forgiving but may not offer all the opportunity for progress. But as with Kurt, Gaudino could certainly do with some time on loan.
Whereas Kurt and Gaudino are youngsters on the rise, needing playing time to fulfil their potential, the case of Holger Badstuber is entirely different.
The 26-year-old is a fully capped Germany international who started at Euro 2012. But injuries have decimated his career, and he’s hardly played since suffering a cruciate ligament tear nearly three years ago.
Badstuber made his comeback last fall but after a few games suffered yet another injury that kept him out until the new year. His spring campaign had a similar narrative. The last season should have made it abundantly clear that his body just isn’t in any condition to compete at the highest level, and a loan even in the 2. Bundesliga might be a necessary stepping stone towards his recovery.
Moving to the second division may be enormously frustrating, but at this time, Badstuber is in real danger of having to end his career early. Maybe a loan at nearby Nurnberg or Greuther Furth will be what he needs to revive his career.