Bayern Munich have already completed the signing of Leroy Sane from English Premier League side Manchester City this summer.
The German international seemingly fell out with Pep Guardiola whilst spending most of the 2019-20 campaign on the sidelines after tearing his ACL only 10 minutes into the FA Community Shield match with Liverpool. Sane was able to recover from his injury during the suspension of football, but would only be given an 11-minute run out in the 5-0 thrashing of Burnley before completing his move to the German champions two weeks ago.
Even prior to the arrival of Leroy Sane at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich were clear favourites with the bookmakers to win the 2020-21 Bundesliga title. Currently you can odds of 1/6. Not much returns from a long-term bet, so punters may simply prefer to find better value at the best online casinos instead.
Whilst the Bavarians have completed their third signing of the summer, they will be losing at least three players before the start of next season. That’s because Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Alvaro Odriozola have only been on loan over the past 12 months. The other two arrivals, goalkeeper Alexander Nübel and defender Tanguy Kouassi won’t be pushing for a starting place immediately.
Coutinho made 15 starts this past season, though none following the restart. He was more of a number 10 too, only being used down the left wing on occasion. The left wing being where Leroy Sane is expected to play, as he did for the majority of his time at both Schalke 04 and Manchester City. Ivan Perisic, however, did play down the left. Though only made 11 starts. This position was most frequently occupied by Serge Gnabry, who is of course, one of the key players in the Bayern Munich starting XI. Kingsley Coman also got half a dozen starts down there too.
The change in player deployment doesn’t need to be that difficult though, as I go through Bayern Munich’s 2020-21 starting lineup:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Alexander Nubel has been brought in as the long-term replacement for the 34-year-old but whilst Manuel Neuer is fit he will be the regular starting goalkeeper at Bayern Munich for at least one more year if not many more.
Defence: Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies
Injuries in the first half of the season saw teenager Alphonso Davies fill in at left-back. Originally a winger, the Canadian excelled so much in this role that he kept it for the remainder of the campaign. It also saw David Alaba move to centre-back to partner Jerome Boateng. The Austrian also impressed but I think he’ll have a difficult time removing a fully fit Theo Hernandez from that position next season. Alaba was also a winger originally so it will be interesting to see what Bayern Munich do next season as it looks like there could be a lot of rotation. A fully fit Niklas Sule certainly starts in the middle of the defence, ahead of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, both the wrong side of 30 now. Benjamin Pavard had an excellent debut season at right-back and will keep this role, with Joshua Kimmich the backup.
Midfield: Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane
So many options in midfield but I think the season would end with this being the average midfield, if all players were fully fit and available throughout the season. Joshua Kimmich is a great defender with an excellent range of passing, alongside Thiago Alcantara, who can run the game in midfield. Both will face stiff competition from Corentin Tolisso and Leon Goretzka, whilst both Javi Martinez and Michael Cuisance can play rotational roles throughout the season. Leroy Sane has almost certainly been signed to start down the left wing, which would leave Kingsley Coman in a backup role once again. This would also see Serge Gnabry start down the right, where he played most of his games in the English Premier League and for 1899 Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen previously. Thomas Muller can move into the middle to replace the outgoing Philippe Coutinho
Striker: Robert Lewandowski
There’s no doubt who the striker will be next season. Robert Lewandowski has no competition in this role. When the head coach wants to rotate, Thomas Muller can play the striker’s role, whilst teenager Joshua Zirkzee has shown himself to be promising when he’s played. Fiete Arp is another option but I think Gnabry would get the nod ahead of the former Hamburger SV youngster in a desperate situation.
This is how Bayern Munich will potentially lineup next season: