There is no disputing the impact that Kingsley Coman has made for Bayern Munich this season. The 24-year-old winger has five goals and seven assists in 12 games across all competitions so far.
While much of the focus in Bayern Munich’s winger group has been paced upon new arrival Leroy Sane and last season’s breakout star Serge Gnabry, Coman has quietly become the most consistent player within the group that also includes Douglas Costa.
Coman’s fine work has not gone unnoticed. Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick essentially said that Coman sets the standard within the group.
“We have four players on the outside who are of very good quality,” said Flick (as captured by Sport1). “At the moment, you just have to say that, Kingsley Coman is the one who sets the tone, scores goals, radiates goal threats, prepares goals and has a good eye for space. He played a very good game. I would like this level from everyone.”
In addition, Sport1 spelled it out further and implied that that Flick “is not satisfied with the current performances of Sané, Gnabry and Douglas Costa.”
Prior to yesterday’s game, Flick indicated that Sane was making progress, but that he wants to see a more consistent mindset (per Bild).
“It’s important that Leroy shows intensity defending the ball,” Flick said. “He showed a lot of good things in training, including defending. Anyone can make mistakes, but what matters is the reaction afterwards.”
Regardless, after recording three assists in Bayern Munich’s 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig yesterday, Coman further cemented his role as an unquestioned starter. With Gnabry and Sane competing for that second starting role — and a heavy rotation strategically implemented by Flick — it should be very interesting to see how the players each evolve over the course of this season.