Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle was surprisingly left out of Hansi Flick’s game day squad against Werder Bremen and it looks like the exclusion was not injury-related. In fact, it was more of Flick being unhappy with Süle’s fitness...and weight.
In a report by Bild (behind the Bild+ paywall), the German outlet said that Süle was not included in the squad against Bremen yesterday due to a “training deficit.” Flick, though, was allegedly miffed for the aforementioned reasons regarding the 25-year-old’s fitness levels and weight.
Interestingly, Flick also reportedly asked Süle today for a one-on-one discussion with his star defender in hopes of getting aligned.
Oh boy...this is not the first time someone in Munich had an issue with Süle’s weight. Back in July of 2019, the was a mini-scandal about Süle’s eating habits. It had gained enough momentum that the big man took to the press to declare, “I’m no lard-arse.”
Is Süle really losing his form and getting out-of-shape or is Flick simply trying to light a fire under the Germany international? It’s unclear right now, but with the respective futures of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng uncertain — and Bayern Munich allegedly ready to start early negotiations on a renewal with Süle — Flick, the front office, and Süle should all get aligned on what the manager’s expectations are for Süle’s weight and fitness levels.
Honestly, we theorized that Süle and Joshua Kimmich were looking at grass on Süle’s phone, but maybe it was actually a takeout menu? Anyway, even if he is carrying a couple extra pounds, Süle could still smoke the great population in mostly any feat of speed or strength. Simply put, his “fat” is not something that a normal person would flinch at. Still, as a professional athlete, it is Süle’s job to maintain the levels of fitness that club requires. Clearly, this just needs a little alignment — and maybe a few less kebabs.