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Sandro Wagner sounds unhappy with his playing time

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The Bayern Munich back-up striker seems miffed over his lack of time on the field.

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Sandro Wagner does not get many opportunities for playing time behind erstwhile starter Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich. Wagner, who transferred from Hoffenheim last January, is seemingly growing frustrated with the lack of field time under Niko Kovač.

In response to postgame questions after Bayern’s 2-1 victory over SV Rödinghausen, Wagner offered a brush-off with a seemingly bitter response. Wagner essentially says that he’s not qualified to comment on the team’s tactics because he does not play enough.

See the video below from @Sport360, which includes translations of Wagner’s comments:

The big man did score early in yesterday’s contest, but his competitive attitude appears to be eating away at him. Wagner wants additional field time, but that could be hard to find with Lewandowski playing well.


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Lewandowski’s status as one of the world’s elite strikers surely earns him more playing time — or basically as much as he wants within reason. Wagner had to know this role as a substitute was a long-term possibility when he came back to Bayern. It will be interesting to see if Kovač can find better ways to integrate Wagner into the lineup or if this situation festers.

Given all of the injuries the squad is battling, now would not be an opportune time to have a personnel vs. coach issue arise.