Welcome back to another article! Today will be a little bit of a break from the recent Top 5 lists. Instead we will be looking at the German giants, Bayern Munich. In the last couple of years they have undergone a major philosophical shift, especially in the transfer market. Times are changing in the German capital and with the changes, Bayern are struggling a little. However, I believe this shift will be exactly what Bayern needs. So what are the changes? Let’s get into it!
Prioritizing Young Talent
Bayern have a financial powerhouse for years now. They have become the dominant force they are now by pilfering the best players from top teams in their league and pairing those players with marquee signings. In the past they have signed players like Mats Hummels, Arturo Vidal, and Mario Gotze for eye watering amounts of money. They haven’t been afraid to flex their financial muscle and it has paid off on the field.
However, Bayern have seemed to change their priorities lately. They spend their time on the market scouting and signing young talent, rather than established names. They have made waves recently by scouting Chelsea wonder-kid Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been reported to be unhappy at the club. Besides Hudson-Odoi, Bayern have signed Canadian starlet Alphonso Davies, German’s Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka, and Frenchman Kingsley Coman. None of those players are older than 23 years old and they either are or can be massive assets to the team.
Bayern have had loaded squads for years now. In recent years this has changed. Munich has been active in the transfer market but instead of being buyers they are selling and releasing players. They have cleared the path for their youth to get minutes with the first team and that is massive for them. As a Chelsea fan, I wish that the Blues would follow the same outline of squad emptying. They have too many players that are not contributing enough but still block the way for promising young talent. With this shift in philosophy, Bayern Munich are setting themselves up for long term success, not just immediate gratification.
It is refreshing to see a major team take a youth based approach in developing their squad. Although they still splash some cash, as shown in their recent signing of French defender Benjamin Pavard, Bayern is spending their money on young talent. This will sustain their team for years to come. With Borussia Dortmund taking the same approach, the Bundesliga looks to be a two horse race for years to come.