While the Munich fans were still busy on Tuesday processing a farewell speech to their esteemed striker Robert Lewandowski, which in its strength and legal non-binding reminiscent of the end of a schoolyard romance, the player was expected to undergo a medical examination. Säbener Straße which would have been greeted on other days with a larger station. For the glamor and pomp of Bayern Munich, there is hardly anyone watching. In light of the large number of unresolved problems that are piling up in front of those responsible for the band.
Is Lewandowski staying or is he going? Is Sadio Mane coming? If so, will he play alongside Lewandowski or instead of him? Is Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdich really a substitute for a world-class footballer? And when will Serge Gnabry finally sign his signature in the framework of an offer that Munich can get well financially?
In this mixed situation, the announcement of Ryan Gravenberch’s transfer from Ajax Amsterdam, which was imminent on Tuesday, could temporarily ease the perceived negotiating pain of those in charge of the club. This is less due to the undisputed quality of the player than the fact that Gravenbrich is only 20 years old. A lot can happen after a much sought-after talent moves to Säbener Straße.
If you ask around in the Dutch Gravenbirch environment, you will hear an unusual hum and hiss. There is something to be said about this Gravenbrich. But, psssst, please don’t hang the boy so high! No one should think of comparing him to young Frank Rijkaard. number? number!
Many young talents moved to Munich and were not happy
Not because he is 1.90 metres, his father is from Suriname strides across the midline on endless stems like six tall Rijkaards. Alternatively, the comparison is out of the question for educational reasons, as Gravenbrich is so talented that a career midway ground through the Bundesliga would be a little drama. Think of Jan Schlaudrav, Jose Ernesto Sosa, Marcel Janssen or Breno, who also moved to Munich as young talents and were never happy.
Gravenbrich has a contract with Ajax until 2023. Bayern, whose fortune is said to be more than €20 million with allowances, was not the only club regularly appearing in the Champions League who wanted to sign him. Scouts have known Gravenbrich for a long time.
At the age of eight, Gravenberch switched to the famous Ajax youth academy, de tucumst, the future. He made his debut in 2018 at the age of 16 years and 130 days, replacing Clarence Seedorf as the youngest Ajax player in history. Last season, he found his place in the starting lineup under coach Erik Ten Hag, in 42 official matches he scored three times and made six goals. He also appeared for the first time in the Dutch first team last year.
You can watch videos online that show Gravenbrich in almost every position in the midfield. He looks skinny all over, curvaceous too. Plays as if a storm hit a dry branch. And then there’s this power that Gravenbrich fired at SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden in pre-season: 25 metres, full distance, one of those tracks that makes the observer think the second and third stages are going to fire along the way.
The variable Gravenbrich played on the wing, in the attacking midfield, even as a right back. But he feels more comfortable in the defensive midfield. There are ten hag left him running alongside the hefty Edson Alvarez. The Mexican was the guy responsible for the rough stuff, and Gravenbrich was more responsible for building the game, with free spaces in mind. Despite all this, he is athletic enough to step in and put his foot in front of the ball at the right time when the opponent starts a counterattack. Quality is definitely needed after Bayern Munich’s experiences last season.
Julian Nagelsmann is currently creating hub profiles for his players
In light of the impending change of Gravenbrich, Leon Goretzka announced in advance that he was not jealous of the desire to have a popular place alongside Joshua Kimmich. “I’m not afraid of any competition,” Goretzka said. “Friction generates heat and we want to achieve a lot next year.” On the other hand, nothing was heard of Marcel Sabitzer, who remained sluggish in the previous season, and whose minutes count will likely continue to shrink.
At what point will coach Julian Nagelsmann allow the Dutchman to protest, he alone knows himself, the midfield is basically not a problem area, there is more oversupply there even after Corentin Tolisso’s farewell. In this context, the property attributed to Gravenberch in Ajax that goes beyond his game system is interesting. In a team that plays in the classic 4-3-3 game, but differs in the nuances of the ten Haag depending on the opponent, the Gravenberch is the preferred screw-in for the coach’s tuning. If he changed Gravenbrich’s role, the whole game would change. As is known, Nagelsmann likes such minimally invasive interventions in still states. He is currently using summer vacation to create situation profiles, small videos he wants to send to players’ mobile phones to send them to locations they weren’t familiar with after a quick course.
Gravenbrich is not the answer to the big questions at FC Bayern that matter to the footballing nation. It is more than just an answer to a question that no one has asked. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing.