With David Alaba and Alphonso Davies carrying most of the workload on the left side of Bayern Munich’s backline, Lucas Hernandez has often been left feeling like the odd man out when it comes to Hansi Flick’s lineup selections.
Given that Hernandez was Bayern Munich’s most expensive transfer ever, it would easy to think that he would be raising hell behind the scenes or throwing tantrums in the locker room, like we saw with James Rodriguez and Renato Sanches during their respective tenures.
Instead, Hernandez has kept his head down and focused on the grind. This team-first, hardworking attitude has not gone unnoticed. As captured by Abendzeitung, Hernandez’s teammates laud his mindset:
Instead of quarreling, the defensive player convinces with his short appearances through his commitment and as a reliable tackler. His teammates give him credit for his behavior: “A special thank you to Lucas. What you give us every time you come in is special,” wrote teammate Thomas Müller on Instagram on Sunday.
Having to sit behind Alaba and Davies cannot be an easy pill to swallow for a talented player like Hernandez, but he has handled it professionally — even after making a brief last minute appearance in the team’s 4-2 Der Klassiker win over Borussia Dortmund. For that, his Bayern Munich teammates and fans should value how the 25-year-old has avoided becoming a distraction at such a key juncture of the season.