There is incredible depth in the squad at Bayern Munich, so players are bound to be unhappy about not getting regular playing time. However, Lucas Hernandez has not been one of those players this season despite not starting every game.
According to Sport1, Hansi Flick is confident that Hernandez will be an important player for Die Roten in years to come. This report also confirms that the French defender is also calm about the situation and remains a very good influence in the dressing room. Bild also echoed these thoughts earlier this week.
Sport1 also reported that Hernandez’s presence also strengthened Die Roten’s resolve to not break the wage structure at the club to keep David Alaba. The French defender is expected to be Alaba’s successor on the left side of central defense from next season. Moreover, Sport1 also insisted that Die Roten see Hernandez becoming the leader in the defense that will include Dayot Upamecano and Nianzou Kouassi.
Hernandez’s calm attitude in the team bodes well for his long-term future at the club. There were already reports linking him with a move away from the club after a difficult debut season. However, the situation is completely opposite as Hernandez is tipped to be a big part of the club’s future.
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The Frenchman became Bayern’s record signing in April 2019. The German club tried to sign him in January 2019, but Atletico Madrid was not interested in losing him midway through the season. A serious injury in March ended Hernandez’s season, and Die Roten quickly sealed the deal.
The debut campaign turned out to be a difficult one for Hernandez. He consistently struggled with different injuries. However, he did end up winning a treble with the club in his first season itself. The German club always insisted that the Frenchman is not going anywhere despite consistent reports linking him to Paris Saint-Germain.
Hernandez started his second season strongly as he was deployed in the left-back position when Flick was managing the workload of Alphonso Davies. He delivered impressive performances in the position, putting pressure on Davies to become consistent again after a breakthrough campaign last year.
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On few occasions, Lucas Hernandez also started in central defense with Niklas Sule. The French international has not put a foot wrong this year, so Bavarian faithful will expect him to get even better next season. With Hernandez being the only left-footed central defender after Alaba’s departure, the Frenchman will be the first name on the team sheet next season.