Having reached elite status during Bayern Munich's treble season, David Alaba reached the shortlist for the best left back in the world. Bayern's left flank remained secure while Alaba facilitated play in the offensive end.
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His position was ingrained for the entire season, one of the first names Pep Guardiola put on his team sheet week in and week out. What was not consistent his partner on the left, his long-time colleague, Franck Ribéry, experiencing injury setbacks throughout the season. With Guardiola fiddling with a fluid front, Alaba was called in to provide the majority of wing support, a role that lead to seven assists in all competition.
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Alaba's struggles came in conjunction with Bayern's fall in the Champions League. The Austrian could not contain the overwhelming wing presence Real Madrid had at its disposal, first Ángel di María and then Gareth Bale. Part of his defensive skill set is not up to snuff, but the support he provided to an inconsistent central defense erased several dangerous chances.
Bundesliga & Champions League
Turning 22-years-old at the end of June, Alaba is one of the players that casts a bright future over the crescent walls of Allianz Arena. He extended his contract until 2018 in December of 2013, giving him the opportunity to join a well-renouned fraternity of Bayern fullbacks.