Guess what: my younger son is called “Choupo” after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Long story short: I was watching a Schalke-Bayern match with my then 3-year-old son one morning at the crack of dawn in California (kickoff at 6am). At one point, he turned to me and asked, “Daddy, what’s a ‘Choupo-Moting’?”
“You’re a Choupo-Moting,” I said. And we went back and forth a while until my son said, “Choupo-Moting is in mommy’s belly!” That got a big laugh. She was pregnant at the time. And so my younger son, to this very day, is known as Choupo.
In case top goal-scorer Robert Lewandowski (32/just voted “Europe’s footballer of the year”) is out or rested (as in the 1:4 game in Hoffenheim), almost thing works at center-forward. Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric (29) is too expensive and out of the question now. According to Bild’s information, Flick could have imagined Mario Götze (28) ... but not the bosses.
If Bayern wants a real forward, Choupo-Moting is their man. He’s a FREE AGENT, and he’s good! He saved PSG’s Champions League campaign by scoring and assisting against Atalanta, and he nearly could have scored against Bayern, too, if Neymar had not passed the ball behind him... not that I’m saying he should have!
PSG has not renewed Choupo’s contract, but what has he been doing? He’s back in his hometown of Hamburg training with his dad:
Choupo is the consummate professional, and on top of that positive energy and work-ethic, he speaks German and French (and English). And not only that: he also was teammates with Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sané, and Alexander Nübel back when he played for Schalke!
Anyway, if Bayern is really serious about buying a versatile backup striker on the cheap, Mr. Choupo would be an excellent choice.