Bayern Munich enters the 2015 – 2016 season with high expectations. They have an incredibly deep roster, with multiple options at seemingly every position. Having such a large squad is beneficial, in that it leads to great competition within the squad and it allows the team to stay fresh over the course of the season.
But while a humongous squad is good for the team as a whole, it also means that many great players will inevitably find themselves sitting on the bench struggling to get into the game.
As this Bleacher Report article points out, there are several Bayern Munich players not only fighting for a chance to play but a spot on the sidelines. Here are three Bayern Munich players fighting for their future with Bayern Munich in the 2015/2016 season.
1) Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze has yet to play to his full potential, which we came to know when he played for Borussia Dortmund. While he has shown promise during recent performances for Germany, there is a great deal of competition for the position and Bayern Munich is unlikely to wait around for Mario Gotze to come around. The arrival of Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa, and Thiago Alcantara has certainly put Gotze in an unfortunate position.
2) Javi Martinez
Injuries have plagued the 27-year-old Spanish midfielder throughout his time in Germany. Under Guardiola, Martinez has continually found himself unfit or too injured to hold down a spot in the side. While the coach has stated he would ultimately like to play him as a central defender, currently, he has found himself behind a long line of alternative defenders and midfielders.
3) Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery has also found himself struck down by injury over recent years. This has led to Guardiola signing Brazilian winger Douglas Costa this summer. The move will likely keep Ribery out of the lineup, even when he returns to full strength. Time will tell if he still has enough in the tank to compete with Costa for the left wing, but at this moment it does not appear to be a likely scenario.
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