Update: 9:35AM EST — Gravenberch’s agents express concern
According to a report from Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), the agents for Ryan Gravenberch visited Säbener Straße just a few weeks ago to talk over what is going on for their client at Bayern Munich.
One of the primary sticking points is — obviously — playing time. Specifically, Gravenberch was upset that he did not start against VfB Stuttgart back on September 10th. The Dutchman feels like he is hurting his chances of making the World Cup squad for the Netherlands because of a lack of playing time:
Ryan Gravenberch’s agents were at Säbener Straße a few weeks ago to discuss the player’s situation with Hasan Salihamidžić. Gravenberch is unhappy with his playing time especially after a strong pre-season and a lot of praise from the coach.
Among other things, Gravenberch was upset because he didn’t start against Stuttgart (September 10) despite the heavy rotation. The Dutchman really wants to go to the World Cup and and wants to be in the limelight ahead of the tournament to be nominated by Louis van Gaal.
With Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Marcel Sabitzer ahead of him on the Bayern Munich depth chart, midfielder Ryan Gravenberch has reportedly become increasingly unhappy.
After initial reports broke last month about his rumored unhappiness, Gravenberch addressed the situation with ESPN (as captured here). In his latest interview, however, things do not appear to have changed much.
“The situation is not easy for me, of course I want to play. But I have to stay patient. Of course I know my quality, but it is what it is — Bayern is a big club with a lot of good players. I have to keep calm,” Gravenberch told Abendzeitung’s Maximilian Koch (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
Aside of the great talent ahead of Gravenberch on the Bayern Munich depth chart, is there anything else holding him back? According to Koch’s report, there certainly is. Below is what @iMiaSanMia extracted:
From the coaching staff’s point of view, the problematic issue with Gravenberch is his defensive work. Bayern conceded twice against Plzeň after the Dutchman came in. It wasn’t just down to him, but the midfield suddenly didn’t seem stable anymore.
It’s about defensive reliability, tactical discipline and winning the ball back. Offensively, Gravenberch has a lot to offer. In training, it is said that he regularly shows top performances & great dynamism — he is regarded as a great footballer with a bright future.
Even a youngster with loads of potential can only wait around for so long before his patience is worn thin. Still, until Gravenberch can hop over Kimmich, Goretzka, and Sabitzer, the young Dutchman will likely not be happy with his role.