Since the 2022 World Cup, Gnabry has been playing poorly for many months. But within the last 1 month, he suddenly “fired” on a regular basis. In Bayern’s 6-0 win over Schalke last weekend, the 27-year-old had twice his name on the scoreboard.
Gnabry has now got 4 goals in the last 3 matches and a total of 13 goals in the 2022/23 Bundesliga. He is currently only 3 goals behind the top scorer list, Niclas Fullkrug of Bremen. The opportunity for Gnabry to take the No. 1 spot is not without when Fullkrug is currently injured.
Explaining Gnabry’s outburst, coach Thomas Tuchel said: “There is no video, no training session, no conversation that brings him to his current scoring form. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of faith, a little game time and a little bit of luck.”
“Nothing is more important to a striker than goals. And Gnabry is living his days full of excitement. He is a top player. He still sacrifices himself for the team and actively participates in defence. I am very pleased with Gnabry.”
“At Bayern, we are used to having a player at the top of the scorer list. Of course, the big teams need this reliable number 9. Years ago, Bayern had a world-class Lewandowski. And now we are looking for a striker like that, a player who is guaranteed to score 25 goals a season.”
But finding such a striker at an affordable price at this time is not easy. Victor Osimhen of Napoli or Harry Kane of Tottenham are targets that Bayern are targeting. But they all cost more than 100 million euros.
And it seems that Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has found the answer to this. “I told Gnabry in the first half, ‘Don’t come into my dressing room if you haven’t scored a goal’,” he said. And it looks like he did. Goals are good for a striker, that’s for sure.”
Salihamidzic feels “confident” enough in Gnabry. Even the 46-year-old sporting director briefly spoke to the question about Bayern’s ongoing search for a striker: “Gnabry! That’s the answer.”
Gnabry is about to hit a new milestone
With 13 goals in the 2022/23 Bundesliga, Serge Gnabry is now only 1 goal behind the best scoring record of his career, the 2021/22 season. If he maintains his current form, it is entirely possible for him to set a new milestone.