The Mathys Tel puzzle tenses up Bayern Munich


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The chef’s surprise. Last summer, Bayern Munich surprised everyone by putting 30 million euros (excluding bonuses) to recruit the young and promising Mathys Tel. Great hope of Stade Rennais, the young man aged 17 at the time had only played ten games with the Bretons. This had been enough to convince the Bavarian leaders, convinced of having unearthed a diamond in the rough. The native of Sarcelles thus said yes to the Munich residents, who had been following him for a while. Very quickly, the striker responded on the pitch.

Entering the game in the first two games, he then continued with two starts and two goals. The first against Viktoria Köln in the German Cup on August 31. The second on September 10 against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Then, the French U19 international followed up with appearances and two new league goals against Mainz (29 October) and Werder Bremen (8 November). A luxury substitute, Tel took advantage of the international break to find some playing time with the French U19s. He scored a hat-trick against Kazakhstan (November 16) and a double against Scotland (November 22).

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Then after a well-deserved rest, he returned to his club after the 2022 World Cup. He played 12 games in all competitions (1 goal) as a substitute in the spirit of Julian Nagelsmann. Same thing with Thomas Tuchel. Moreover, he missed three games after the arrival of TT due to a muscle injury (11 days of absence). He left with a delay to try to convince the 49-year-old coach. A technician who also mentioned his case and his future at a press conference last week.

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“It’s not decided yet. We see its quality. He has explosiveness and his ability to score goals is insane. […] He did it well several times as a substitute. This is now his role. For the rest, we will decide very late. For things like lending or keeping, I would say today: we will do it in August, not before.” Rather vague remarks which were not at all to the liking of management, according to Sky Germany. The German media explains that the coach was criticized internally after his exit since discussions about him had not yet taken place. It wasn’t the trend either.

His future worries Bayern Munich

But Kicker nuanced that. The German publication reported that the Bavarian thinkers face a real headache with the Frenchman under contract until 2027. They are aware of his potential and his qualities. But at the same time, they believe that he risks stagnating next season since the club is counting on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and will recruit a number 9. Harry Kane, Randal Kolo Muani and especially Victor Osimhen are targeted. Stronger competition that will not help the young Mathys Tel, who celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday. A loan would therefore not necessarily be excluded. Nothing is decided about it yet.

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At a press conference this Friday, Thomas Tuchel was again questioned about him. Journalists wonder why he does not start when Choupo-Moting is injured. “There are a few little things, it’s not just age. Age is relatively uninteresting. It’s the question of whether we’re doing him a favor by putting him in the eleven. Giving him the weight and the pressure to be the savior of the team (…) Other situations are easier for an 18-year-old. This was not the case when he scored in his brief appearances. There must be a continuous path to the starting XI. From the last impressions I have of the starting XI, I don’t know. But maybe I’ll change my mind.” Mathys Tel hopes to have his chance on Sunday against Hertha Berlin.

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