Lucas Hernandez should remain patient ahead of a big season with Bayern Munich.
The last summer transfer window was eventful for Bayern Munich. They had finally started building a new team by bringing in young players to replace veterans. Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard arrived at the club with a lot of expectations, but only one went on to enjoy a satisfactory debut campaign.
Benjamin Pavard delivered consistent performances in the right-back position. Meanwhile, Hernandez struggled with injuries. He was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the starting lineup due to the good form of David Alaba and Alphonso Davies in central defense and left-back, respectively.
The German club’s record signing was getting minutes from the bench by the end of the campaign. In the media, there were already rumours about Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in Hernandez. Die Roten has always insisted that Hernandez will be at the club this summer.
Speaking to Telefoot (via Sport.de), Hernandez insisted that he has a long contract at Bayern, and he is going to fight for a place in the team next season. The Frenchman also hinted that he would have to find a solution if his situation doesn’t improve.
“I want to fight for a regular place again.”
“I’ve only just moved here and my contract runs for another four years. But it will depend on the coming season. If it continues to be this complicated, I’ll see.”
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Hernandez also denied reports linking him with a move to PSG. The French defender will have more opportunities to play the next campaign due to the congested fixture list. Hansi Flick cannot avoid rotation in the upcoming campaign since there will be a game every three days.
Moreover, the future of David Alaba is in doubt at Bayern. The Austrian defender is far from agreeing to a new deal at the club. Hernandez is the direct replacement for Alaba in central defense since he is also a left-footed central defender. The Frenchman and Niklas Sule have the potential to be the settled defensive pairing for Die Roten for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, in the left-back position, we need to remember that Alphonso Davies is still 19. His workload will need management, and Hernandez provides very good cover in that position. As long as Hernandez remains injury-free next campaign, he will be able to make a much bigger impact on the pitch than he did last season.
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Yes, a record signing should be the first name in the teamsheet, but Hernandez’s situation is not exactly black and white like that. Nobody had predicted the positional changes of Alaba and Davies 12 months ago, so for the time being, Hernandez needs to remain patient. The French defender has the talent to succeed in Munich, and he will have ample time to showcase it next season.