Former Germany international Dietmar Hamann has told Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger that he needs to seek a new challenge having lost his place in the Bundesliga leaders’ side. With that in mind, perhaps we should consider making the 30-year-old one of our main transfer targets ahead of the crucial summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Hamann believes that Pep Guardiola’s preference to use Xabi Alonso currently, should be the catalyst for a move. If he decided to go, we need to put ourselves in the queue, as he is player that could transform us from the nearly men that we have become, to the champions that we threaten to be.
One of our biggest problems this season – and arguably most seasons in recent years – has been the stability of our defence, and the protection in front of it. Since the days of George Graham, our sides have been synonymous with a solid, impenetrable back four. And for a long time, Arsene Wenger continued to utilise the likes of Adams, Bould, Dixon, and Winterburn. They played a significant role in our first two Premier League triumphs.
Since their departure – whilst we have had some exceptionally strong and gifted defenders – we have not seen a back four capable of shutting teams out like they used to. That conundrum of solving the defensive puzzle has arguably cost us the haul of trophies that some of our player since have deserved.
It is perhaps only this season that the light bulb went on in Wenger’s mind. Using Francis Coquelin was a masterstroke against Manchester City in January, and he has continued to be a revelation. However, once again we’ve left our title push just a little too late. But the eight-match winning run should mean that failure next year is not an acceptable option. The spine of a quality side is there.
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What we arguably need now is a back four that is protected, but also that missing ingredient that takes great teams across the line and into the promised land. To do that, we need proven winners. Schweinsteiger is a winner.
His trophy cabinet includes practically everything at club level, and has a World Cup also.
With the number of German players already in our squad, you would think that a player of his quality will need little time to adjust and adapt.
His age could mean that we only see the best of him for another couple of years, but by that time, he would have passed on his vast experience to Coquelin, who will then be truly ready to take the mantle. The Frenchman has not got that player to currently look up to, and learn from. Who better to learn from than one of the world’s best holding midfield players?