Bayern Munich surprised everyone in the 2019 summer window when they signed Michaël Cuisance from Gladbach at the age of 19 for a reported fee of around 8 million euros. Touted as one of the best talents in the Gladbach academy, it sure felt like the Bavarians had once again pulled off a masterstroke. Fast forward 2 years, and it feels like the player hasn’t done much to justify that statement.
In his first season at Bayern, Cuisance registered a goal and an assist in 9 Bundesliga appearances, not very good numbers, but that may be due to his role as a late substitute and his position, which was primarily in central midfield. He was then loaned out to Olympique Marseille for the 2020/21 season, hoping that he’d develop better there with regular first team action, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. In 23 appearances (again, mostly as a substitute), the Frenchman registered 2 goals and an assist.
Soon, reports of attitude problems emerged, criticizing his mentality and work ethic. He left Marseille on a sour note and is currently back at the Säbener Strasse, training under new coach Nagelsmann. According to SPOX, the club wishes to cash in on the 21 year old, but there have been no talks with other clubs so far. The player is expected to take part in all of the pre-season preparation, after which Nagelsmann will make a decision regarding his future.
Cuisance is a very talented youngster. He has garnered several fans for his ability to get out of tight spaces with some sweet stepovers, earning himself the nickname “Stepover King” (site manager Chuck being one such fan). However, if he is indeed struggling with mentality problems, a confidence boost and some backing might be what he needs. Whether he will be able to turn the tide and become an integral member of Bayern’s midfield rotation, one that consists of world beaters like Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, is the million dollar question.
Will the real slim shady stand up? Will he break free from the shackles and soar high?
Let’s hope so, because if not, it’s going to be a quick sale, I’m afraid.