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Why Bayern Munich preferred Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting over Joshua Zirkzee

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has established himself as a reliable back-up with Bayern Munich.

Bayern München v SS Lazio - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

When Bayern Munich was assessing its back-up options for striker Robert Lewandowski toward the end of the summer transfer window, the front office must have felt a bit uneasy with the internal options available.

The club has already reached a mutual decision with Fiete Arp to spend the entirety of the season with Bayern Munich II and there was undoubtedly some uncertainty on whether or not Joshua Zirkzee would be able to adequately fill the role given his unsteady performances at the end of the 2019/2020 season.

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has provided a depth solution at Bayern Munich.
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Because of those factors, Bayern Munich brought in veteran Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Paris-Saint Germain and the 31-year-old has been a solid and dependable contributor in the roles of striker, attacking midfielder, and wing when called upon.

Most recently, Choupo-Moting scored what would end up being Bayern Munich’s game-winning goal in the squad’s 2-1 victory over Lazio in the Champions League. The former Mainz 05 forward understands his role and how important it is for him to make the most of any minutes that he gets.

“I try to step on the gas and help in the minutes I get to play. Preferably with goals, of course,” Choupo-Moting said after the Lazio win (as captured by Abendzeitung).

What ultimately drove Bayern Munich to bring in Choupo-Moting instead of sticking with Zirkzee, however, was that the Dutch youngster’s attitude took a dive after not securing much game time:

According to reports, the lack of game minutes depressed the young Dutchman’s mood, which was also shown in the commitment in training which was not too well received by teammates and those responsible.

Zirkzee, of course, is now on loan with Parma Calcio 1913, but has yet to register a goal nor an assist.