Is it time for Bayern Munich to part ways with Serge Gnabry?

After an injury-ravaged campaign and lack of consistency over 18 months, is it time for Bayern Munich to part ways with Serge Gnabry?
Serge Gnabry’s miserable season at Bayern Munich ends with serious injury.
Serge Gnabry’s miserable season at Bayern Munich ends with serious injury. / Daniel Kopatsch/GettyImages

Thomas Tuchel and Bayern Munich have been unfortunate with several injuries during the business end of the season. The Bavarian club had several forwards injured in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. The game ended for Bayern with a front three of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Thomas Muller, and Alphonso Davies.

Serge Gnabry was one of the forwards for Bayern, who suffered an injury during the game against Real Madrid. The German winger suffered a hamstring injury midway through the first half. He was replaced by Alphonso Davies in the 26th minute.

Gnabry had injured the same hamstring which troubled him during the game against Arsenal in North London in March. The German winger worked hard to be fit for the first leg against Real Madrid, but he was only fit enough to start on the bench. In hindsight, pushing for a quick return has ruled Gnabry out of the summer’s European Championship.

Gnabry has endured a torrid campaign. He has suffered five injuries in the last 12 months. A muscle injury in December kept him out for more than three months. Courtesy of these frequent injury problems, Gnabry has not found a rhythm in his performances on the pitch.

In terms of performance, Gnabry has struggled for consistency since signing the new contract in 2022. He has been good in patches for Die Roten, which has been a cause for frustration for fans and the club chiefs. Since Gnabry’s performances have dipped in the last 18 months, there is a good case for Bayern to consider parting ways with him in the summer transfer window.

Moreover, the series of muscle injuries suggests that Gnabry will not be as explosive as he was a few seasons ago. A change of scenery in the summer can help both parties to move in the positive direction. Gnabry has won every possible trophy with Bayern. A new adventure at 29 can help him to get back to his best, while Die Roten can invest the transfer fee from his departure into rebuilding the squad.

In terms of wage structure, Bayern will significantly benefit from Gnabry’s departure. He is one of the highest earners in the current squad. His departure can make space for a couple of players in Die Roten’s wage structure.

Gnabry has given several memorable moments to the Bavarian faithful in the last five years. His incredible run of form during the treble-winning campaign in 2019/20 will always remain in the hearts of Bayern fans. However, the time is right for Bayern and Gnabry to bring an end to their association in the summer for the betterment of all parties.