Xherdan Shaqiri: Arjen Robben’s Replacement?
About a week ago it was announced that Xherdan Shaqiri would be signing on to Bayern Munich at the end of the season. Bayern Munich are fortunate that they were able to “snatch” up this guy before other teams had urges to do the same. Shaqiri will be finishing his last season with Basel this spring. Recently, Shaqiri has been doing great things domestically and for cup competitions. He proved to be very effective during the Group Stage of Champions league, especially in Basel’s game against Manchester United. He finished the game with 1 assist but many of the plays and both of the goals were largely orchestrated by him. While Shaqiri may be young he has already had much pressure put onto him in his few seasons as a professional footballer.
Shaqiri is not expected to come to Bayern as a starter but perhaps as a eventual replacement for Arjen Robben. The similarity between Robben and him is pretty obvious. They both love to sprint up the wing and then cut to the inside to use their strong foot, which is their left foot. They typically play on the right flank of the field as well. Is this a sign that Bayern will be preparing to sell Robben this summer at the end of the season? While Robben has been a blessing for many Bayern fans such as my self for the countless goals he has gathered during his time in Munich, his constants stints of injury, lack of creativity when it comes to new scoring methods, and his lack of character at some points makes me question if Bayern should keep him.
Personally I feel that Bayern should be ready to sell Robben at the end of the season if he does not improve by the end of the season. If he does, keep him till the winter and make a decision there. If he does not improve and remains constant this season, Bayern should be ready to fork over Robben for a good sum of cash. Most footballers don’t stay at a club forever. Change can be a very relieving thing for footballers during their career. This may happen to be the case for Arjen Robben.
I see Bayern as a smaller scaled version of the German national team in many aspects. The formations, the tactics, and of course the players. Bayern contains many German national players of great quality. And like the German national team, they are brimming with new youth to fill the ranks. You have Thomas Müller, Nils Petersen, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, and the list goes on. Youth is one of the top reasons Germany did so well at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Bayern can find some of their answers to success by doing the same. Youthful players like Shaqiri can bring new life and creativity to a team that might need to find new avenues towards scoring and keeping clean sheets. Shaqiri will not be a solution but and addition to a team that can look to the future for success. Bayern’s purchase of Shaqiri will not only be a great business deal for the team, but for Shaqiri’s personal career for club, country, and personal experience.