During a press conference ahead of this weekend’s game, Julian Nagelsmann admitted that Bayern Munich did not find a suitable number nine to replace Robert Lewandowski this summer.
The Bayern head coach explained: “If we had found a top, top nine for affordable money, we would probably have gone along with it anyway.”
Bayern did bring in Sadio Mané from Liverpool who has been playing in the number nine role since Lewandowski’s departure. However, the Senegalese is a trained winger and only a temporary solution for Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann went on to admit that the market for number nines is “very exhausted.” He continued by explaining that: “There are few nines on the market that have the quality to improve us.”
This could elude to Bayern only wanting a top striker already at the top of his game such as Harry Kane who has been linked with a move to Bavaria next summer.
Despite the lack of a traditional number nine, Bayern don’t seem to be struggling in the Bundesliga. In their opening five games, they’ve scored a total of 17 goals. Nagelsmann pointed this out as he ended the discussion by explaining he has “no problem playing without the classic nines.”