When Bayern Munich signed Tanguy Nianzou on a free transfer last summer, it probably did not anticipate that the former Paris-Saint Germain prodigy would run into a vicious cycle of injuries that would keep him sidelined for most of the season.
One person who was quick to jump in and put an odd spin on Nianzou’s hard-luck campaign was PSG sporting director Leonardo. The 51-year-old Brazilian did not seem like he felt bad for his former charge.
“Tanguy played with us in the Champions League and he spent almost a year at Bayern Munich without playing,” said Leonardo on the France Bleu Paris radio station (as captured by Goal). “The problem is thinking that somewhere else is paradise. They say ‘PSG lost a youngster’. But sometimes I think it is not PSG who lose, but the youngsters who leave PSG.”
It would be extremely difficult to say that Nianzou is not playing simply because he is at Bayern Munich. In fact, it is only accurate to say that the string of unlucky injuries is the primary reason that Nianzou has not been on the pitch.
Per Transfermarkt, Nianzou has missed 111 days and 23 total games due to two major injuries: A hamstring injury back in September and a torn muscle bundle that he sustained in November. In all, Nianzou has only made one appearance and played just 21 minutes, but again, the 18-year-old has barely been healthy enough to dress for games let alone play in them.
In the end, it just sounds like a lot of bitterness coming from Leonardo.