Sebastian Rudy came to Bayern Munich to be a key contributor to Die Roten and to win championships. Due to a roster logjam, however, and also having four head coaches (we all sort of forget about Willy Sagnol’s interim one-game stint) in 14 months, the defensive midfielder never saw the field enough to establish himself in Munich.
Does that take away from his talent? No way. Rudy, a German international, simply needed a place to ply his craft on a more consistent basis.
Enter Bundesliga contender Schalke 04.
With Die Königsblauen, Rudy will get the opportunity to show his skill and will also play an important role to helping Schalke as it competes for a Bundesliga crown and in the Champions League.
Sebastian Rudy: The Anomaly
Of all the Bayern players affected when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, it probably hurt Rudy the most. Confident and seeing consistent playing time under the now-Napoli manager, Rudy looked as if he was destined to supplant Javi Martinez at the “6” and become a lineup regular.
Once Carlo went up in smoke, however, Rudy’s role in Bavaria became increasingly cloudy. As Jupp Heynckes favored Martinez, Rudy saw less and less time. When Niko Kovač transitioned in, Rudy’s role became even more difficult to discern despite his versatility; mostly due to the glut of midfield options in Munich. With so many bodies occupying roster spots in the central midfield (honestly, still too many!), it was ideal for all parties to amicably move on.
The Bayern fans were split on Rudy with some often not seeing his abilities and others not understanding why the 28-year old did not warrant more field time.
Rudy’s role at Schalke will be vital to that squad. With more field time, Rudy will have the opportunity to establish himself once again as a candidate for international duty and as a top-flight Bundesliga player.
While he never reached the heights he expected in Bavaria, Rudy will now at least get the opportunity to play; and in the end, that’s the best case scenario for himself, Bayern, and the Bundesliga as a whole.
Good luck Sebastian!