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This Spaniard Gets A 10/10: Rating Bayern Munich’s Late Signings This Summer

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Bayern Munich were one of the busiest sides during the final few days of the transfer market, following an otherwise uneventful window. In the last couple of days, they signed the likes of Douglas Costa, Bouna Sarr and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.  Let us take a look at how these late signings stack up in the first-team this season?

Rating Bayern Munich’s Late Signings This Summer

Marc Roca 10/10

The acquisition of Marc Roca was simply a masterstroke from Hasan Salihamidzic, especially after facing numerous criticisms due to his inactivity in the market.

The Spanish midfielder was brought in from Espanyol for a fee of €9 million, which is a bargain given the fact that he can provide the ideal cover Bayern needed following the departure of Thiago Alcantara.

Primarily known for his passing and defensive prowess, Roca is much more robust than his compatriot. But more importantly, he does have the experience at the highest level of football, having featured in 121 competitive matches for Espanyol.

Bouna Sarr 6/10

There is no arguing over the fact that Bayern Munich desperately needed a right-back this summer. But, after missing out on top targets like Sergino Dest and Max Aarons, the acquisition of Bouna Sarr seemed like a panic buy, rather than a well-calculated risk.

The Marseille defender, who joined the club for just €8 million, is by no means a fringe player. He has the pace, which is complemented by an impressive work-rate and aggression.

Rating Bayern Munich's Late Signings This Summer - Sarr gets 6/10.
Marseille’s French defender Bouna Sarr controls the ball during the French L1 football match between Marseille (OM) and Lille (LOSC), at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southeastern France, on September 20, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

However, at the age of 29, he brings minimal prospect for the future. The chances of him overtaking Benjamin Pavard is also very less when compared to someone like Dest or Aarons, and it won’t be surprising to see Sarr turning into a liability like Alvaro Odriozola.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 4/10

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was another signing that made very little sense from Bayern Munich’s perspective.

One of the most-maligned players at Paris Saint-Germain, Choupo-Moting was brought in to provide cover for Robert Lewandowski in the number nine role. He had played for 1.FSV Mainz 05, so he is quite familiar with the Bundesliga.

However, there are huge question marks over his overall quality and whether or not he can add more strength to the club’s rank. It comes to a point where one could argue that he is simply blocking the path for youth sensation Joshua Zirkzee, as far as the first-team is concerned.

Douglas Costa 8/10

In what was yet another late signing from the Bavarian outfit, Douglas Costa rejoined FC Bayern on a season-long deal from Juventus.

The move made sense for all parties involved, especially for the club, with head coach Hansi Flick growing desperate to add reinforcements due to lack of depth in the wider attacking unit.

Costa, in that regard, can provide cover to the likes of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman. More importantly, the Brazilian is well acquainted with the club, having featured in 77 competitive matches during his first spell at the Allianz Arena.

However, Costa’s game has declined a lot since moving to Juventus, so it won’t be surprising to see the winger not having the same impact as he did back in the days.

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