Vincent Kompany’s first five signings to Improve Bayern Munich
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Vincent Kompany’s first five signings to Improve Bayern Munich

24/05/24 21:11

While Bayern went trophyless for the first time since 2012, they’ve won the award for the most baffling managerial appointment of the year.

Vincent Kompany, who relegated Burnley and finished third in the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht has landed the role of first team Manager at Germany’s most prestigious club.

While it seems a very underwhelming appointment for the Bavarians, Kompany is an attractive option for a team in transition. The Belgian is one of the youngest coaches in Europe’s top five leagues and guided Burnley to the Championship title last season earning over a century of points.

The former Manchester City man could have a mammoth job on his hands this summer as Bayern attempt to overturn the deficit created in German football by Xabi Alonso’s invincible Leverkusen.

Expect a shedload of incomings and outgoings as Kompany attempts to stamp his authority on an underperforming Bayern side.

Here are five signings Vincent Kompany could make to improve Bayern Munich this summer

Zeno Debast

A rogue inclusion, but a realistic option nonetheless.

Vincent Kompany handed the young Belgian defender his professional debut at the age of 17 during his tenure at Anderlecht. Tipped as the successor to his former coach, Debast is a highly rated 20-year-old central defender catching the eye in Belgium’s top flight.

Scouted by several European clubs such as AC Milan and Sporting Lisbon, he earned his first national team call up aged 18 after consistent solid performances at club level. Unbelievably comfortable on the ball for such a young defender, Debast has earned comparisons to William Saliba and Virgil Van Dijk.

After his debut, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said he had never seen a young player perform so well on their national team debut as Debast starred in a 2-1 victory over Wales.

At 6ft 2 inches Debast offers a level of physicality among the back line but has all the qualities of a modern defender. Capable of leading a back 4, the young Belgian boasts agility and speed, making him a forwards nightmare.

His previous links to Vincent Kompany could bode well for the Bavarians and steal him from under the nose of Sporting, who are rumoured to have a deal for the Belgian centre back in the final stages.

Debast left the pitch in tears last weekend fuelling rumours of a move away from the Purple & Whites.

Available for a reported £18 million this summer, it should be a no brainer for FC Bayern. While the young defender might not storm into Kompany’s Bayern XI, he promises a prosperous future for the Bavarians defence.

Jack Grealish

There had to be a Manchester City player included in this list at some point. Jack Grealish has undergone a frustrating season in the blue side of Manchester plagued by injury as he struggles to find minutes in a Manchester City shirt.

The 28-year-old winger has been linked with a move to Bayern in recent days as questions arise about his future under Pep Guardiola.

After joining City in 2021 for 100 million pounds, Grealish has not managed to kick on at the Etihad. Scoring only 14 goals in 125 appearances for the Premier League champions, the England star has fallen out of favour with Jeremy Doku offering a more direct approach out on the left.

But his time in Manchester was fruitful winning three Premier League titles, an Fa Cup and the Champions League, completing a remarkable treble.

A player of Jack’s calibre deserves more than to be warming a City bench and a move to Germany could offer the Englishman a fresh start.

Bayern have endured a plethora of Injury setbacks in their wide departments this season as it was reported that Oliver Kahn could be looking to offload his injury prone forwards. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry find themselves under the microscope this summer and Grealish could be the ideal replacement.

Having already formed a connection with star striker Harry Kane for the Three Lions, the former Villa star would offer familiarity to his compatriot and could be the key to overthrowing a seemingly unstoppable Bayer Leverkusen.

Theo Hernandez

Undoubtedly the best left back in European football across the past three seasons, Hernandez would be a marquee signing for the 32 time Bundesliga winners.

Strikingly fast, strong and boasting finesse attributable to some of the best forwards in world football, the Frenchman has become a hero in Milan.Theo, (brother to former Bayern record signing Lucas Hernandez) outputs impressive attacking contributions from full back and would be an ideal fit for Vincent Kompany’s system.

5 goals and 11 assists this season puts him among Europe’s top creators as he thrives on providing overlapping runs to Rafael Leão. His goal catalogue is one of the most exquisite showreels in modern football. A first time viewer would believe that Theo was one of the finest wingers on the planet.

Often, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe Hernandez’ attacking capabilities, but the Frenchman can be a livewire leading to a poor disciplinary record; something he will have to tame at his new club. Furthermore, the former Real Madrid man is yet to replicate his club form for his national team but will be looking to win France their third European Championship after being selected for the upcoming tournament.

It has been reported that Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal to sign the AC Milan vice captain but a deal will only be completed after the upcoming European championships.

A deal could potentially be complicated as Bayern would have to shift Alphonso Davies first amid strong approaches from Real Madrid.

One to follow this summer for sure.

Dani Olmo

Bayern have created a habit of poaching talent from their title challenging rivals. While Leipzig are yet to pip Bayern to a Bundesliga title, they have become a thorn in the side of FCB beating them 3-0 in the DFL-Supercup in the season opener.

Dani Olmo ran the show for Die Rotten Bullen scoring a magnificent hat-trick. The Spanish international has become one of the Bundesliga’s finest talents and looks ready for a step up in his career.

A La Masia youth product, Olmo has made it clear that he wishes to return to the Blaugrana as the Catalan club maintains interest in their former player. But, Olmo has clubs circling like piranhas for his signature this summer as Bayern would have to fend off approaches from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, who are all attempting to lure the Spaniard to the Premier League

Olmo offers versatility, plying his services out wide, in the #10 or even as a centre forward. Under current manager Marco Rose, Olmo has been deployed on the right of a 4-4-2. Vincent Kompany famously donns the same formation which could open a door into Munich for Leipzig’s hotshot, and with the future of Jamal Musiala a little hazy, Olmo would be a perfect replacement.

It has been rumoured that Olmo could be freed from his current contract for around £60 million, a small fee for such a complete player.

Wilson Odobert

A list of potential Kompany recruitments would not be complete without a Burnley player. Luckily, one man has stood above the rest in a difficult season for the Clarets.

Wilson Odobert joined Burnley just last summer but has shown that he is capable of playing at the pinnacle of European football. The Frenchman thrives on taking on defenders with his blistering pace and unpredictability striking fear in opposing defenders. 4 goals and 2 assists marked an exciting first season in England for the teenager.

A France under 23 international, Odobert is admired by several Premier League sides ahead of the summer window with West Ham and Everton said to be interested. With Burnley suffering relegation back to England’s second tier, the Frenchman could be looking for a route away from the Championship after impressing in the Premier League.

While a transfer to Bayern seems unlikely, the Bavarians have a history of developing young French talent, among them Frank Ribery, Kingsley Koman and Mathys Tel.

Odobert could offer depth out wide if Bayern do opt for a clear out this summer.

Could a reunion with Vincent Kompany be on the cards?

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