I wasn’t able to be on the Hummels “goes home” podcast because I had to work but I wanted my feelings to be heard. I fall on the “emotional/passionate” side of the fence when it comes to sports. I haven’t heard the podcast yet but I have a feeling there wasn’t much emotion regarding Hummels’s transfer request.
Look, we all knew that Mats was probably going to leave, some of us had a little bit of hope that he would realize the potential of the current BVB squad. The squad he is the captain of. The squad that rose from the ashes of an embarrassing season. The squad that is in second place with a new coach. The squad that will be back in the Champions League next season. The squad that had he extended could have a legitimate chance to win the Champions League. THE SQUAD THAT HE IS A CAPTAIN OF, but I digress. We all know he was going to leave, he had dreams of playing abroad. Yadda yadda yadda.
However, until last week we didn’t realize that playing “abroad” meant Bavaria. So here we are, to quote the BVB twitter account: “ ICYMI”: Mats Hummels told the club he wants to transfer to Bayern. Now, this news puts you into one of two categories. The “Our captain basically just told his teammates that he doesn’t think they can win the Champions League and is leaving for our biggest rival, he can F**K OFF” category. Or the “You are too emotional it’s not betrayal, he is just “going home” to Munich” category. If you are in the first category you don’t really want the people in the second category telling you how you should feel.
The most annoying part about all of this is the onslaught of bad jokes and comments from some Bayern fans. For example, Bayern Central posted what seems like a research report on retention at BVB. Here is a snap shot of one of my favorite parts:
This argument is completely absurd. Let’s take a closer look:
Gündoğan: Came to BVB in 2011, he was 20.
Reus: Spent 10 years in BVB youth academy prior to returning
Bender: Came to BVB in 2009, he was 20.
Hummels: Came to BVB in 2008 he was 20.
Kagawa: 21 when he started playing for BVB, left and came back.
Schmelzer: played the end of his youth career at BVB. Came to BVB in 2005, he was 17.
Weigl: started playing for BVB when he was 19
Bürki: started for BVB when he was 24
We already have 2 core players listed above that came from BVB academy.
He failed to mention a few other “core” players:
Sahin: BVB youth academy, started playing for BVB when he was 13
Piszczek: Has been with BVB for 6 years, was 24 when he started
Subotic: Started playing for BVB in 2008, he was 19.
Roman Weidenfeller: Came to BVB in 2002, he was 22.
Add Nuri to the list and that brings up to 3 players from our youth academy. Let’s throw Christian Pulisic and Felix Passlack into the mix and we now have 5. Another stat the author fails to mention is the handful of BVB players that have been with the club for 6+ years. Those players are leaders on and off the pitch, Bender, Piszczek, Subotic, Weidenfeller and Hummels. One could argue that they can be considered “home grown” as well.
OK, well let’s take a look at Bayern’s starting XI that played against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night shall?:
Neuer: 25, not home grown, in fact, Schalke Ultra
Thiago: 22, not home grown
Martinez: 23, not home grown
Lewy: 26, not home grown
Costa: 24, not home grown
Alonso: 32, not home grown
Bernat: 22, not home grown
Lahm: 32, technically not home grown (based on the author not considering Reus or Schmelzer as youth academy players)
Vidal: 28, not home grown
Alaba: 23, technically not home grown (based on the author not considering Reus or Schmelzer as youth academy players)
Coman: on loan
[Ed’s note: What about Götze? I’m confused]
By my calculations, that’s two “homegrown” players and handful of players that came “exclusively from the transfer market”. It’s always funny that Bayern fans feel the need to defend themselves when it comes to transfers. Anyway, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to provide us with suggestions on how to run our club.
It is worth mentioning that there are Bayern fans that don’t want Mats Hummels on their team. YES IT IS TRUE. Tumblr user “Miasanfamile” took the time to post quotes from Mats about Bayern.