Speaking in Monday’s print edition of Kicker, several companions have discussed the extraordinary career of Bayern Munich’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Formerly of Hamburg, Nürnberg, Mainz, Schalke, Stoke City and PSG, the Cameroonian forward has had an eventful career and has received several medals during his time in France and Germany.
Dieter Hecking coached Choupo-Moting at Nürnberg in 2010, he said: “With him, the question arose about the seriousness and the discipline at this level. I begrudge him of his successes from the bottom of my heart, everyone likes to have him on their team.”
During his time at Mainz between 2011 and 2014, Choupo-Moting played alongside Nikolce Noveski, who confirms what Hecking said: “Choupo is an outstanding teammate. He creates a good atmosphere, is very open and empathetic. One who also takes responsibility in the dressing room.”
Sporting director Christian Heidel worked at Mainz and later at Schalke 04 when Choupo-Moting was a player and only had good things to say about the now 33-year-old: “In the 30 years I’ve been in football, I’ve seen many players, but as far as the attack is concerned, never such a complete player. There’s nothing Choupo can’t do. Many were surprised when he switched to Bayern. I said immediately that this is the perfect transfer for this role.”
Choupo-Moting (33) has been Julian Nagelsmann’s answer in Bayern’s attack in their last six games across all competitions. With five goals and one assist, the Cameroonian is averaging a goal contribution every 53 minutes.
Against Hoffenheim on Saturday, GGFN awarded Choupo-Moting an 8/10 for his impressive display in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 – he scored after Jamal Musiala opened the scoring.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder