If there is any one position on the Bayern Munich roster where there is a heightened sense of drama, there is no doubt that is lies between the sticks.
The negotiations for Manuel Neuer’s potential contract extension have been a roller coaster ride of emotions for fans of the legendary keeper, while Sven Ulreich has made no bones about welcoming a competition with incoming Schalke 04 goalkeeper Alexander Nübel to possibly back-up Neuer.
And that is just the first-team drama.
The organizational depth in goal for Bayern Munich is sort of absurd. If you dismiss that extremely strong “top three” for 2020-2021 in Neuer, Ulreich, and Nübel, you can then venture down to Bayern Munich II, which features prized youngsters Christian Früchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.
Ron-Thorben Hoffmann is unhappy with his situation this season. He was hoping to rotate with Christian Früchtl in the 2nd team, but started only once. Hoffmann would only stay at Bayern if he becomes starter in Liga 3, which could be possible if Früchtl leaves on loan [Kicker] pic.twitter.com/dQyNbw4Mr1— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) April 20, 2020
Even on the junior team, the goalkeeper situation has a bit of a contentious feel. Just days after Hoffmann relayed that he wants his own opportunity to flash his skills and stake his claim to an organizational spot in the goalkeeper pecking order, Früchtl is letting it be known that he is looking forward to fighting for his place in the club per a piece from Abendzeitung.
The 20-year-old prospect does not dispute that a loan for next season might be best, but he has no intention of ceding his position within the club:
I don’t care whether one Alexander Nübel comes. Or whoever might come. I want to make it at FC Bayern Munich.
Früchtl’s agent, Christian Rössner, thinks a loan for next season is a sound plan and that there are plenty of quality suitors, including FC Augsburg, several first-and-second Bundesliga teams, and a few club from the Premier League:
(The plan is to) go away, play at a higher level, show himself there, then go back to Bayern Munich and say: “I have the playing time that others don’t have.” These are very respected and very good clubs with a long tradition in the Premier League.
Rössner thinks Bayern Munich might prefer Augsburg because of its proximity.
(Augsburg is) of course always an interesting club for a young player who wants to develop.
In the end, however, Rössner and Früchtl believe the young goalkeeper is primed for a successful career as a top-level goalkeeper.
The most important thing is the perspective. Christian will not go anywhere as number two, but only as number one.
Rössner concluded by shooting a poison dart toward Nübel’s team:
On account of his skills, Christian has no need to run away. Quite the contrary. But we definitely will not make the same mistake that one Nübel and his agent are making, going to Munich now and sitting on the bench.
It might not exactly line up like the battle for the Iron Throne, but it is clear that each goalkeeper on Säbener Straße believes in his own ability and is not ready to back away from from the competition with the club.