Bayern Munich needs to trust the process of adaptation with Marc Roca.
At the moment, Marc Roca cannot catch a break at Bayern Munich. The Spaniard got some game time from the bench against Holstein Kiel in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder ended up on the poor end of the result after missing the only penalty in the shootout as Bayern were knocked out of DFB Pokal.
It has been a tough three months in Bavaria for Roca since getting the dream move to Bavaria from Espanyol. Things have not gone as per plan for the Spaniard as he has struggled to impress Hansi Flick in limited opportunities he has got until now. His first Champions League start ended with a red card, while minutes in the Bundesliga has been difficult to come by.
Earlier this week, there were murmurs in Spain that Valencia wants to sign Roca on a loan deal during the mid-season transfer window. However, Spox denied these rumours and insisted that Roca is not going anywhere.
Roca is well within his right to be disappointed with less game time, but Hansi Flick has always insisted that he is being slowly integrated into the first-team setup. Moreover, Roca is not the type of signing that is not made just for the present. His profile of player and age meant that the German Champions consider him as part of the long-term vision.
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Moreover, not every signing hits the ground running. Some players need time to get used to the new environment and league. It has been just three months for Roca in Bavaria. The summer transfer window was longer than the usual year, and Roca completed the move on the final weekend of the window.
It is also the first big move of Roca’s career, so demands and expectations change for him. The Spanish midfielder has left his comfort zone in Spain to join the defending European champions. Alphonso Davies also went through a similar adaptation period before enjoying a breakthrough season in 2020.
Bayern Munich should remain patient with Roca as there are very few number six options in the current squad. Moreover, Javi Martinez is also expected to leave in the summer. While Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka remain Flick’s first-choice midfield options this season, Roca will be able to slowly adapt to his new club and style of play in the next six months.
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Die Roten is unlikely to entertain transfer for Roca in the winter transfer window since the whole squad will have a big role to play in Ruckrunde. As of now, only loan moves for youth players is likely to be transfer business done by the German Champions in this window.