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Sadio Mané shouldn’t be written off just yet



Sadio Mane

Sadio Mané has recently received a lot of criticism for his performances in the Bayern jersey. But you can’t write off the Senegalese for a long time!

Sadio Mané was a complete disappointment in FC Bayern’s 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. The Senegalese had only eight ball contacts and was not involved in a single shot on goal. Mané was replaced by coach Julian Nagelsmann at half-time.

After the bankruptcy, which cost the record champions the lead in the Bundesliga, fans on social media were angry. Also on Mané. The millions for the former Liverpool star are wasted money. Mané does not fit into Bayern’s system, it was read.

When Mané moved to Munich in the summer, the tenor was different. At last a real world star is coming, it was said. There was talk of a transfer master class from sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. And now everything should be different?

FC Bayern: Sadio Mané cannot be written off yet

Surely many had hoped for more from Bayern’s top transfer – but you can’t write Mané off yet!

A look at the bare numbers is not so bad: In 28 games for Munich, Mané managed 16 goals, specifically eleven goals and five assists. But Mané missed seven games because of a long-term injury, an inflammation in the fibula head. You can tell that Mané is far from 100 percent since his return. The lack of fitness is the main reason for the poor performance recently.

Above all, the 30-year-old lacks the liveliness that is so important for his game. But in the next few weeks, Mané will be able to continue working on his fitness. If he regains his full strength, Mané can still be very important for Bayern.

In the fight for the championship and especially in the Champions League. There, Bayern meet Manchester City in the quarter-finals. And coach Pep Guardiola’s team is one of Mané’s favorite opponents. In 19 games against the Skyblues, he scored ten goals and provided two assists. Should Mané help Bayern shoot a round further against City, the balance of his transfer to Munich would look very different again.

FC Bayern: With Ryan Gravenberch, the signs are goodbye

With another Bayern newcomer of the summer, there is not too much reason for hope. Ryan Gravenberch just can’t get going in Munich and after just one year on the Isar he could be running away again. Gravenberch is supposed to switch to Liverpool in the summer – at least that’s what ex-Liverpool star José Enrique said in a live stream. The piquant thing about it: Enrique has the same consulting agency as Gravenberch, so he could actually have background information.

Unlike Mané, Gravenberch also has to be said: The 20-year-old Dutchman really doesn’t fit in at Bayern, at least at the moment. Gravenberch gets little playing time, he only played two games over 90 minutes.

In central midfield, the competition in Munich is just too big. And it won’t get any smaller. It is an open secret that Konrad Laimer will also switch from RB Leipzig to Bayern next season. Gravenberch would also have to line up behind him.

In Liverpool, on the other hand, you want and need to rejuvenate the central midfield. So Gravenberch would have a realistic chance of becoming a regular at a top club. But not at FC Bayern.