As the transfer merry-go-round goes up a couple of notches, one particular singing may have gone unnoticed. The location was Germany, Munich, and as Bayern Munich look to build for next season they completed the signing of a young Spanish left back by the name of Juan Bernat.
At just 21 years of age, Juan Bernat was signed as backup to current Bayern Munich fullback David Alaba. But why would Bayern look to bring in a young promising left back when Alaba is a constant in the Bayern XI? Given Alaba’s versatility and consistency one would expect few outings in the Bundesliga for Bernat come the new Bundesliga season of 2014-15.
Considering the deal was completed on the 7th of July it made an insignificant dent across the world’s sporting media. The World Cup was entering its final stages and the likes of Ander Herrera, Toni Kroos, and James Rodriguez were covering the back pages.
The speculative moral quandary machine that is the world’s press consigned this signing to a mere couple of lines within each outlet. One would assume correctly that more important issues were at hand.
The U21 international obviously raised eyebrows with Pep Guardiola and he signed him on a five-year contract until 2019. A future international in the making and with Valencia’s current position as a feeder club, it was only a matter of time before one of the big guns came calling.
When you have David Alaba in your team, why is there a need to sign another young starlet of a similar mould? Well, Pep apparently had his eye on Bernat for quite some time and decided to pounce as the world looked elsewhere. In a modern game where versatility is a must, an average left-back will easily be found out. However, sporting director Matthias Sammer commented that the acquisition of Bernat will free up Alaba to come inside and allow the young Spaniard, a box-to-box wing back, the freedom to cause havoc.
After switching to left back from left midfield for Valencia last season, Bernat had a stellar season in La Liga for Los Che. The inevitable happened with Bayern deciding to open their cheque book and bring him to Deutschland.
It’s easy to make a player look good in a simple video, as even Titus
Shambles Bramble could be made to look a world beater, but Bernat’s display against current European champions Real Madrid shows that the boy has talent.
Considering that Alaba can play as a central midfielder, Bayern have added another promising versatile player to their ranks, an important acquisition given the departure of Toni Kroos to pastures new.
Valencia possess the demons of a debt-ridden club with a proverbial noose placed firmly around the its neck, slowly tightening, as they seek much needed funds to not only stay afloat but finish their new stadium – Nou Mestalla – which is nearly five years overdue (construction was due to be completed in 2009).
The unfortunate quagmire that the club currently finds themselves in means they had no option but to take the money and wave goodbye to the promising Bernat.
“We’re looking for him to slot in quickly on the left and become a real asset for us there. He’s quick, strong in the tackle and has an extremely good eye for goal.” – Sammer
A product of the famed Valencia youth system, Bernat had spent his entire professional career with Los Che, making his senior debut in 2011. A player similar in mould to ex-Valencia fullback Jordi Alba, Bernat will have the right setup around him to look to replace the Barcelona left back in the national side in the not-so-distant future. Valencia’s loss in the past was Barcelona’s gain, but now it looks like Bayern will be benefiting from Los Che’s woes.
As the game evolves the need for all purpose fullbacks is a must for the heavy hitters of world football, and Bayern look to have acquired a gem in Juan Bernat.
Liam Cairns, Pundit Arena.