Niklas Süle is an enigma among footballers. Gifted with a massive 1.95m (6’5”) frame, the Bayern Munich defender defies stereotypes by being silky smooth in possession and a monster dribbler on the ball. If you factor in his surprising pace, you have all the makings of a perfect footballer.
Unfortunately, Bayern’s gentle giant has yet to realize his potential, and it’s mostly down to his struggle to keep fit. Last season, Süle was often kept out of the lineup by Hansi Flick on account of his excess weight. The player himself has admitted that he enjoys snacking a little bit too much, and controversies surrounding his figure have followed him throughout his career. It has undoubtedly affected his performances, especially last season.
New Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann, who knew Süle well at Hoffenheim, still defends his immense quality. Speaking to Bild, the 33-year-old insisted that Süle can still reach his potential: “If he has the insight to work on his deficits and now is getting a coach who has known him since the U16 team, I’m confident that he will get his engine revving again. I’ve already talked to him about that. He knows he has to do something. But I think very, very highly of him.”
However, Sule’s future at Bayern is hardly certain. The defender’s contract expires next summer, and there’s no sign that an extension is in the cards. Chelsea have been linked with a transfer this window, and it’s rumored that Bayern may cash in on Süle to raise funds.
On the subject of Süle’s future, Nagelsmann said, “I think it’s important to be completely transparent with the players. The players also need to understand the club’s perspective concerning the contractual situation.”
“Niki’s contract expires next year, and his last season was not especially felicitous. But he also has everything that a world-class central defender needs; that shouldn’t be forgotten,” said the coach.
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