Renato Sanches was not happy being used as a late, second half substitution in Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin. Sanches was quite agitated after the match and vented his frustration to the media.
Both Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Niko Kovac have since guaranteed that they will not sell Sanches this summer, so the Portuguese midfielder will have to hunker down and fight for more consistent playing time.
Per a new report by Sport1, center-back Niklas Sule has offered words of encouragement for Sanches and understands his frustration. With such a star-studded squad, Sule said, Sanches will have to work incredibly hard to the point where Kovac won’t have the option of keeping him on the bench:
Of course there are many world-class players at FC Bayern; competition is fierce. He has to perform in such a way that the coach cannot overlook him.
Sanches hasn’t been able to string together consistent performances at Bayern Munich and his confidence has taken a hit as a result. Sanches often times cuts a significantly frustrated figure, but Sule recognizes his potential and feels that success will come if he asserts himself properly:
He has not had an easy time here thus far. But he has raised his game incredibly; he’s often the best man in training. He’s a player who can make the difference.
Lastly, Sule feels that Sanches will get the opportunities he needs to make more of an impression on Kovac; giving him more of a chance to stake his claim in the squad:
Every young player needs playing practice to develop. I’m of the opinion, though, that he will get it here.
At 23 years of age, Sule is also one of the younger players in Bayern’s roster and was also someone who had to work for his place in the starting eleven. When he made the move to Bayern Munich from Hoffenheim in 2017, he was behind both Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in the pecking order for center-backs under Carlo Ancelotti. Sule was fortunate to have received so many starts early on in the 2017-2018 season due to Boateng recovering from a lengthy injury. Still, Sule had to work to maintain consistent minutes when Jupp Heynckes took over for the remainder of that season.
Nonetheless, Sule is someone who understands what Sanches is going through right now and it is refreshing to see that he’s doing his best to encourage the young midfielder.