After what seemed to be a very long year at the Nou Camp without his “leader”, Thiago has finally reunited with his long lost manager, Pep Guardiola, at Bayern Munich.
After purchasing the services of the 22-year-old Barca starlet for a meagre fee of $25m, one has to ask how he will make an impact at his new club. Better yet, if he will get to make one at all.
Bayern Munich are already flooded with very high performing midfielders. With the likes of Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Franck Ribery, Xherdan Shaqiri and Arjen Robben, some of the most outstanding midfielders in Europe and Thiago will have to be constantly competing with them to get playing time, a problem that he has faced at Barcelona and is trying to avoid by getting transferred.
And another issue that he might have to face is competition with the newly-acquired Mario Gotze. Although he plays in an attacking midfield role or sometimes on the wings, he may just prove to be sufficient competition to Thiago and limit his playing time which will, in turn, hamper his chances of breaking into the Spanish national team.
But one has to think that Pep must have had good reason to sign both him and Gotze. Gotze seems to be the replacement for last season’s UEFA Champions League finals man of the match, Arjen Robben. For most of the season he had been considered to be under-performing, and if not for the fact that one Bayern player was incapable of playing saw him step up to finish off the job.
In recent interviews with Toni Kroos, he has gone on to say that Thiago is a remarkable talent and that he’s happy to have him on board. It is, however, obvious that if Guardiola is certain about what he’s doing then Kroos may just end up being the odd man out in the squad.
If Martinez drops back into a defensive midfield role then Thiago will be leading the midfield.
Bayern’s possible line up next season.
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
Left-back: David Alaba
Centre-backs: Dante / Jerome Boateng
Right-back: Philipp Lahm
Defensive-midfielders: Javi Martinez / Bastian Schweinsteiger
Attacking-midfielder: Thiago Alcantara
Left-wing: Franck Ribery
Right-wing: Mario Gotze
Centre-forward: Mario Mandzukic
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