6 Bayern Munich Players Whose Stock Tumbled in 2015/16 Season
Bayern Munich made some great achievements in the 2015-16 season, among them winning the German double—Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal—for the second time in three seasons.
Many individual players took their game to the next level. Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng and Douglas Costa are just some of the players who enjoyed their best seasons yet as they propelled the Bavarians to victory in the two domestic competitions as well as to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Yet not every Bayern player improved in 2015-16, and some even struggled and saw their stock take a hit.
Click "Begin Slideshow" to see the six Bayern players Bleacher Report judged to have lost value during the last season, presented in alphabetical order by surname.
Compared to many on this list, Thiago Alcantara's stock hasn't dropped particularly much. But based on the past season, it must have fallen at least a little.
The Spaniard had had his previous two seasons in Munich blighted by injuries, but 2015-16 was the first campaign in which he was fit for nearly every game, therefore, much more was expected of him.
Thiago left a bit to be desired, though. He had a decent campaign, but those who had seen glimmers of brilliance between his injuries in previous years might have expected more flourishes of inspiration over the 2015-16 campaign.
He never really asserted himself as a starter, and an aging Xabi Alonso more or less retained his first-team status until the end of the campaign.
Medhi Benatia was the best defender in Serie A two seasons ago, but his stock fell a notch in 2014-15 and absolutely plummeted in 2015-16.
The Morocco international suffered a couple muscular injuries that forced him to miss much of the campaign. But even when fit, he was often a substitute at best.
Then-manager Pep Guardiola repeatedly opted to start with left-back David Alaba and undersized midfielder Joshua Kimmich in central defense, which speaks volumes of how far Benatia fell from grace last season.
Juan Bernat had his ups and downs in 2014-15 but was tipped by many to have settled by the start of his second campaign in Munich. Yet he struggled and saw his performance level decrease relative to the previous season.
Bayern rarely failed to win, but in the few instances in which they lost, Bernat often underperformed.
At this point, it seems to be a question of not when, but if Bernat will become a top-quality option on the left side of the defense.
Mario Gotze was supposed to be Bayern's next great attacking player when he moved to the Munich giants in 2013, but the 2015-16 campaign was his most disappointing to date.
Aside from a brief positive stint in late September, the 23-year-old did precious little to contribute to his club's title runs in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal.
Gotze appeared to lose Guardiola's trust after sustaining a groin injury and was left on the bench for all but six minutes of the Champions League knockout rounds. He played more in the Bundesliga towards the end of the campaign but only really came into form in the last matchday with a brace against Hannover.
After a minimally successful stint last spring at Augsburg, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg looked to be a part of the Bayern team for 2015-16 until he was sent on a last-minute loan to Schalke.
It wasn't the wisest decision from the Bavarian management, as the Gelsenkirchen side had just signed Johannes Geis and also had a highly qualified, 1995-born central midfielder of their own in Leon Goretzka.
Hojbjerg made 23 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke in 2015-16, but was always behind Goretzka in the pecking order. Many of his appearances were as a substitute—he averaged 55 minutes per appearance, per Transfermarkt—and his best run of playing time only came while Goretzka was injured.
The Dane's future in Munich is now highly questionable.
Arjen Robben was the most decisive player in the Bayern attack for many years, but in 2015-16, the club had to manage without him at his best.
The veteran, who turned 32 in January, suffered from muscular problems for three spells during the campaign and made just 22 appearances in all competitions. Robben managed a decent return of seven goals and three assists, but that respectable figure was well below his usual standard.
Bayern will hope Robben can return fresh this August. But given his age, the odds are against him returning to the kind of form that made him crucial in the 2013 Champions League final.