Due to the personnel shortage, permanent reservist Bouna Sarr is suddenly playing a role at FC Bayern again. In the last two games he came on as the first substitute – a hidden message from Thomas Tuchel to the bosses?
Jan Christian Dreesen knew what he was doing and announced it during his speech at the opening of the banquet FC Bayern in Istanbul: “Let me make this little joke: In the games against Darmstadt and in Saarbrücken, I am sure that the coach’s creativity will bear fruit there too.”
When no one applauded or laughed loudly, the CEO sent a “Dear Thomas” in the direction of Tuchel afterward – so that what was said wouldn’t go the wrong way at the midnight buffet in the “Raffles” hotel.
Transfer flop Bouna Sarr is suddenly the first substitute at FC Bayern
Shortly after the deadline day at the end of the summer transfer window, which was unsuccessful because it had no results and no purchases, Dreesen had already asked the head coach to be creative when it came to line-up. Tuchel now regularly took Frans Krätzig, who was already part of the professional squad in preparation, to the games, and the 20-year-old from his own youth team has already played in two competitive games.
In Mainz (3:1) and Istanbul (3:1), it was noticeable that Buona Sarr came on as the first substitute on both occasions – as a right-back. The Senegalese, who was supposed to be sold in each of the last three or four transfer periods since his move to Munich in October 2020 and was completely written off, suddenly plays a role as a supplementary player again.
Thomas Tuchel with hidden Sarr message to CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen
At Galatasaray it was Noussair Mazraoui who couldn’t last 90 minutes after his injury. In times of need, will Tuchel bring in the 30-year-old to show Dreesen and the rest of the Bayern world: Look, this is my last alternative? A sporting necessity or an ironic replica? Both – the better little joke and secondly: Tuchel would never take a sporting risk if he didn’t trust a player to perform.
Throughout last season, permanent benchwarmer Sarr (a guest in the stands when the personnel situation was good) was used for a full three minutes. The 31-year-old’s contract expires next summer with no prospect of renewal. Despite the unexpected comeback. And probably short term. Will be in ten days Leon Goretzka (broken hand), Serge Gnabry (broken forearm), Raphael Guerreiro , Dayot Upamecano and Tarek Buchmann (muscle injuries) are expected back.