In the 2019-20 season, Hans-Dieter Flick’s Bayern Munich side won a historic treble. As part of this treble, the German champions clinched their sixth European Cup following a one-goal win over Paris Saint-Germain.
While the Bavarians have invested in their playing staff, they’ve triumphed without excessively throwing money at their side and through high-level coaching. So, let’s analyse Bayern’s recruitment policy and see what Premier League clubs can learn from them.
Invest Wisely, Not Heavily
En route to their euphoric success in 2019-20, Transfermarkt states that the German champions spent £125.55 million on players. Aside from loaning Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, around £110 million went on Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez and Michael Cuisance.
Regarding outgoings, Bayern raised just shy of £50 million, with notable sales including Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches. Interestingly, in 2018-19, Die Roten spent just £9 million, with Alphonso Davies arriving from the Vancouver Whitecaps and Leon Goretzka joining on a free transfer from Schalke. That same year, they generated £75.6 million from departures.
Premier League clubs can undoubtedly learn from Bayern in finding value-for-money, cost-effective signings. Fascinatingly, the Bavarians’ team that beat Barcelona 8-2 en route to their sixth European title cost less than the Catalan giants paid for Coutinho, as per PlanetFootball. Now, from a value standpoint, Bayern are seeing a return on their investment.
According to Betway, the German champions’ total team value sits at £769.7 million. By comparison, Manchester City have spent over £1.4 billion over the past decade without success in Europe, and their squad value is £915.3 million. As such, this indicates how Bayern’s model is proving more effective and profitable.
Put Faith in Young Players
In Germany, there’s arguably a greater emphasis on giving youth a chance than in England. Prior to joining Werder Bremen and later Bayern, Serge Gnabry played ten games for Arsenal in the Premier League. Now, the German is one of Bayern’s most influential players, scoring nine goals in ten appearances during the 2019-20 Champions League campaign.
Over the years, Die Roten have made a habit of signing up-and-coming players. Aside from Gnabry, the six-time champions of Europe bought Joshua Kimmich from VfB Stuttgart for around £6 million in 2015. Since then, and at the time of writing, the 26-year-old has gone on to play 163 times for Bayern.
Furthermore, the Bavarians typically buy players within their own league. After confirming their interest in Dayot Upamecano in January 2021, Flick’s side reached a deal to sign the French defender from RB Leipzig ahead of the 2021-22 season for around £38 million. Granted, English clubs put a premium on their promising players, making it somewhat tricky to follow this aspect of Bayern’s highly-successful model.
Premier League Teams Should Take Note
Although replicating Die Roten’s approach to recruitment isn’t easy, their success undoubtedly showcases that English sides have a lot to learn. For years, Bayern have yielded positive results with a well-thought-out approach that places youth opportunities at its core. So, it’s time for top-flight teams in England to take note and evolve in their pursuit of European glory.