Former national player Stefan Effenberg has spoken out in favor of more appearances by the new Bayern goalkeeper Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. “He showed: If you need him, he is there and works at the push of a button. Bayern has seen that he deserves seasons and needs them,” wrote the current ambassador of the German record champions in his column for the news portal t-online.
You can “always fall back on Choupo-Moting because he’s just horny to play football. You can literally see his joy, he’s an absolutely positive character,” said Effenberg, who in the 33-year-old was not an equivalent replacement for Robert Lewandowski sees. Nevertheless, everyone at Bayern is now “happy” because “you can fall back on a real center forward again,” said Effenberg.
Choupo-Moting had recently impressed in the Bundesliga against SC Freiburg (5-0) and in the DFB Cup at FC Augsburg (5-2) with a total of three goals and two assists.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann didn’t want to let Effenberg off the hook after the full-blown crisis a few weeks ago, despite the recent good results. “I saw Nagelsmann and Bayern appropriately critical four weeks ago and I don’t want to go to the other extreme of praise just because they won in Augsburg,” he emphasized: “That would be inappropriate. A few more wins have to follow, to finally come back to Berlin, which must be the claim.”
However, Effenberg also explained: “Nagelsmann was under particular pressure after the defeat in Augsburg and initially withstood it with his team.”