Lucas Hernandez reportedly has no guaranteed future at Bayern Munich next season.
Bayern Munich is expected to complete the defensive overhaul this summer by signing one more right-back to provide cover for Benjamin Pavard. The French defender kickstarted the overhaul by arriving at the club with Lucas Hernandez last summer. Pavard has seamlessly settled at the club, but Hernandez has struggled in his debut campaign.
As per Kicker, Hernandez’s future at Bayern is by no means guaranteed due to the form of other defenders. Jerome Boateng and David Alaba have become first choice defensive partnership under Hansi Flick while Niklas Sule has completely recovered from a knee injury. With the arrival of new right-back, Pavard could also play in his preferred center-back position.
Moreover, Die Roten has already completed the signing of Tanguy Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain. The young French defender arrived at the club on a free transfer. He is expected to be part of the first team, so there is another defender competing with Hernandez.
Few weeks ago, Hernandez was heavily linked with PSG, but the German club insisted that he is not going anywhere. After all, Rekordmeister had paid a club-record fee for his services. His departure after just one frustrating season in Germany will paint a bad picture of Die Roten in the transfer market.
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The French World Cup winner was considered one of the best young defenders during his time at Atletico Madrid. Die Roten were eager to sign him in the winter transfer window of the 2018/19 season. However, the Spanish club didn’t budge, and Hernandez eventually sealed a move in summer.
Hernandez arrived at the club after suffering a serious injury that halted his final season in Spain. He recovered by the time Rekordmeister played their first game of the new season, but never managed to get a run of games under his belt. Consistent injuries and poor form were the themes of his debut campaign. The emergence of Alaba and Boateng as a reliable defensive partnership reduced his playing time.
Despite a poor debut campaign, it will be a kneejerk reaction from the player and the club to part ways. Hernandez still has the best years of his career ahead of him. He will be much better next season after adapting to a new environment and club.
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Moreover, Boateng is getting older while Alaba could leave the club due to his contract situation. This will further open a pathway in the first team for Hernandez. He may not play every game next season, but his long-term future should be at Bavaria. Both parties need to be show patience and avoid giving up on this association so soon.