Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry has had a very eventful career. Starting from the bottom, being written off during his time in the Premier League, the German international worked his way up the ladder and metamorphosed himself into one of the key players for his club and country.
While playing for West Brom as a loanee from Arsenal, the club manager at the time Tony Pulis made an infamous verdict on Gnabry which the 26-year-old was later successful in proving wrong.
“Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games.” — Tony Pulis on Serge Gnabry (West Brom, October 2015)
The story of Gnabry’s career and how he was able to stay strong during his journey through the rocky roads and emerge a hero is undoubtedly inspiring.
He commented, (via Bundesliga.com), “I tried my best at West Brom and it didn’t work out. Mentally for me, in that time at West Brom, I said to myself: ‘Even though I have zero chance of playing, all I can do is work hard.’ You always know your worth, off the pitch or on the pitch. I knew my capabilities. But I would say the mental side progressed really high during that time and helped me be who I am now.”
Along with his 17 goals in 28 appearances for Germany which made him the highest goal-scorer after the 2018 World Cup, Gnabry has successfully found the net 51 times and has completed a total of 33 assists from 137 games for Bayern since he joined the club in 2018. He was also able to prove his doubters wrong in their own soil during his visits to London for Die Roten’s Champions League fixtures.
With a contract extension brewing, we will be able to witness more of the Gnabry magic in Bayern colors for some more years.