A few days ago, one of Barcelona’s most promising starlets, Thiago Alcantara shocked the world when he shunned Manchester United to join reigning European champions Bayern Munich.
While the prospect of working with Pep Guardiola, the man who gave him his senior debut with Barcelona, must have been alluring, Thiago’s decision to join Bayern Munich might prove to be a regrettable one, provided his primary reason for moving was really to get more playing time.
Understandably, Thiago must have felt that he had little chance of becoming a regular starter in a Barcelona midfield which comprises of World Cup winners such as Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta.
As things currently stand however, Bayern Munich arguably has the highest midfield combination of quality and depth in the world, with the likes of Bastin Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Mario Gotze, Luiz Gustavo, Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery, Toni Kroos, and Xherdan Shaqiri all fighting for a starting berth in Pep Guardiola’s team. Unless Bayern sell or loan a few of their midfielders before the start of the new season, Thiago will find it harder to get playing time at Bayern Munich than he did at Barcelona, especially if Pep Guardiola sticks with his philosophy of squad rotation, since the Munich club has a profusion of midfielders.
The Best career move for Thiago would have been to join Manchester United who were very keen on securing the versatile midfielder’s services.
In Manchester, he would have undoubtedly been a regular starter as David Moyes’ team lack incredibly in creative strength in the middle of the pitch.
Only time will tell if Thiago turns out to be a success under Pep Guardiola, but for now, Thiago’s move to reigning champions Bayern Munich seems to be the wrong one.
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