Going into the summer transfer window, no one would’ve guessed that Bayern Munich would wind up signing Mickael Cuisance from Borussia Mönchengladbach. After the Leroy Sané deal was compromised by his ACL injury, Bayern was forced to focus its attention elsewhere, and the Cuisance deal was announced virtually at the same time as the Philippe Coutinho move from Barcelona.
A native of Strasbourg, France, Cuisance spent two seasons with Mönchengladbach after working his way through the youth ranks and debuting with AS Nancy. The 20-year old made a total of 13 appearances for the Foals last season, but he has recently revealed (SportBild) that he had offers from some of Ligue 1’s top clubs before he came to Bayern last week:
There were several French clubs, really all the ones at the top of the table, who wanted me to return to France. I really savored it, because they’re teams from my homeland. But when Bayern showed interest and presented the project to me, I said, “I have to do it; it’s perhaps the chance of my career.”
Cuisance did not reveal which clubs specifically gave him offers when pressed about it. He replied that reporters should ask his agents and his father, because they’re the ones who make those sort of decisions for him:
You have to ask my agent and my father that. I’m not present at these discussions. Only after things become concrete do they call me and tell me.
New ‘Gladbach manager Marco Rose said he had the impression that Cuisance felt Die Folhen was too small of a club for him and that the midfielder was unhappy accepting a substitute’s role. He was forced to compete for minutes with a packed midfield including Christoph Kramer, Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Lars Stindl, Denis Zakaria, and Fabian Johnson under previous manager Dieter Hecking. Rose said,
The transfer was indispensable. I had the impression that Borussia had become too small a club for him. But he won’t show certain behaviors at his new club. Precisely that is the point. That doesn’t fly here.
While it makes sense that Cuisance was unwilling to stay a squad player at ‘Gladbach, it raises the question as to how he might crack into a starting role in Bayern’s packed midfield. One advantage he has over some of Bayern’s midfielders is his ability to play as a true number 6. Still, though, he will find himself behind Thiago, Corentin Tolisso, Javi Martinez, Leon Goretzka, and Thomas Muller in the pecking order of midfielders. Of course, Cuisance’s fortunes could be better if Bayern, in fact, offload Renato Sanches to Lille as reports have suggested; it would mean one less player he has to compete with.