Uli Hoeneß has praised football international Serge Gnabry as a player of the year at Bayern Munich. “We thought, well, we'll bring him back now, and then we'll see if he plays every once in a while,” said the president in the “Kicker” (Tuesday). “Now he's a regular, he's a lot of fun and the biggest surprise of the season, in a positive way.”
The European Under-21 champion was changed in the summer of 2017 by Werder Bremen for German football champion, but was loaned immediately to Hoffenheim. His Bayern contract was extended in March to and including June 30, 2023. In 36 games in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup, he scored combined in this season twelve goals and prepared nine goals.
In the Bundesliga, he could succeed with another, then his tenth goal of the season, rare: The 23-year-old would be the only third professional who would have met two-digit in three consecutive years for three different clubs. So far only Erwin Kostedde (1974-77) and Jürgen Wegmann (1985-88) succeeded. Gnabry scored ten goals for Hoffenheim last season and eleven times for Werder Bremen the year before.
“If he can not do it with his equipment, who will? I see no limit with him, “said his longtime promoter Horst Hrubesch. “If he stays healthy, Bayern will have a lot of fun with him, 15 to 20 goals per season are in it.” Under Hrubesch won Gnabry 2016 Olympic silver in Rio.
For Gnabry is on Wednesday (20.45 clock in the F.A.Z. live ticker for the DFB Cup as well as in the ARD and Sky) a special game against his former club. “For me, the Cup semi-final is of course a very special highlight,” he said at dfb.de. “I really really liked the club Werder Bremen in my time there. I'm happy for the club that he is doing so well right now – and also to see my old buddies again. “
. (tagsToTranslate) Serge Gnabry (t) Uli Hoeness (t) Horst Hrubesch (t) SV Werder Bremen (t) FC Bayern Munich (t) DFB Cup (t) Hoffenheim