How Will Sadio Mané Fit In at Bayern Munich?

How Will Sadio Mané Fit In at Bayern Munich?

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How Will Sadio Mané Fit In at Bayern Munich?

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Sadio Mané is set to be unveiled as a new signing for Bayern Munich in the coming days. The 30-year-old has spent the last six seasons in England with Liverpool, winning every possible trophy along the way. Mané will be joining a club that has the highest of expectations, both domestically and in Europe. TWSN Soccer analyst Christian De Block breaks down how the Senegalese international will fare in the Bundesliga.   

When we start to talk about how this transfer will play out, it is important to discuss one of the bigger storylines regarding the club. Bayern Munich had maybe the best striker in the world over the last eight seasons in Robert Lewandowski, who scored 342 goals across all competitions during that period. But since the end of the 2021/22 campaign, the relationship between the club and player has taken a turn for the worse.

Lewandowski has vehemently expressed interest to leave Bayern, preferably for FC Barcelona, but some reports are saying that the German club will make the Polish international finish out his contract, which expires in June of 2023. The striker is not pleased about that, as it is clear he is ready for a new challenge. It does not help that the current financial situation at Barcelona may not even allow Lewandowski to move there this summer if Bayern is to let him go. 

So with that piece of the story out of the way now, it is time to talk about what Bayern Munich is getting from a player like Mané. In a 4-3-3 formation under the management of Jürgen Klopp, the forward operated off the left for a majority of his time at Liverpool. Mané formed a formidable partnership in a front three with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.  

When Mané has played off the left, one of his biggest strengths is an ability to take defenders on. The forward has a combination of pace and power with the ball at his feet, which allows him to effectively carry the ball into the box. Mané was fourth among all players in the Premier League with 54 carriers into the penalty area last season.

While he is not necessarily known as a great finisher, Mané has consistently scored double figures in the league for Liverpool. The forward only got 37.2 percent of his shots on target last season, which ranked in the 55th percentile among players at his position. That did not stop him from finding the back of the net, as his 0.52 goals per 90 minutes ranked in the 94th percentile.

 

Mané scored 120 goals in 265 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool. With that statistics mentioned above, a lot of his success should be accredited towards his fantastic positioning and relentless work rate, both on and off the ball. Without those two things, Mané does not put those numbers up during his time in England.

Something that he has added to his game over the last six months is an ability to play more centrally, almost as a false nine. Liverpool has done a great job of developing wingers into players who can also influence the game through the middle. Mané, Salah and recently signed Luis Díaz come to mind as recent examples of this.

That is something to keep in mind because of the current situation with Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski. If the striker stays, Mané is more than capable of being influential off the left. On other hand, if Lewandowski gets the move he desperately wants, the former Liverpool player can play as a nine. Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann likes to implement a 4-2-3-1 system, so it will be fascinating to see how he involves Mané.

Bayern does have more attacking depth out wide versus through the middle. Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sané are players under contract who play out wide. 26-year-old Serge Gnabry could be on his way out after four years at Bayern, as his contract is set to run out in twelve months. If that were to leave Coman and Sané, Mané should see a lot of minutes at his natural position on the wing. 

Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich is in the final stages of completion. The club is ready to announce the forward as a new signing on Wednesday, as they look to refresh their squad prior to the 2022/23 campaign. For months, it almost seemed inevitable that Liverpool would sign Mané to an extension, but it did not work out that way. 

Bayern Munich are in a position where the minimum for the club is to win the Bundesliga. Making a deep run into the Champions League will be important, especially considering their shocking exit to the competition to Villarreal in the quarter-finals last season. Adding a player with the quality of Mané should certainly help Bayern in their quest for success for this upcoming season. The position where a majority of his minutes will be played at is something that will be determined over the coming months.

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