When people are asked about who they think are among the best attackers in world football, Thomas Müller’s name would very rarely crop up. But why?
The case is similar with the unlikable Sergio Busquets: people don’t seem to mention him as the best holding midfielder, yet he keeps Javier Mascherano and Alex Song out of the position, which is quite incredible.
The German is so under-valued, yet he consistently performs, even in the big games, and is just one danger-man in Bayern’s dangerous artillery.
He can play in many roles, particularly central or wide attack. He has all the attributes which make a world-class player: strong and powerful, great finishing ability, work-rate, good footwork, fairly pacey, tremendous work ethic- will contribute defensively too; the list is endless. But he just isn’t regarded as high as the flashier players.
It may be his unusual, deceiving build-tall and lean, yet he still has strength and a touch up there with a certain, small Argentinean. His vision is big part of his game, grabbing him three assists already in the Bundesliga this season, nearing his tally of eleven last year.
He was deployed by new boss Pep Guardiola in Bayern’s front three against Man City on Wednesday and he caused the City defence, albeit a poor performing one, all sorts of problems, scoring the second goal in their 3-1 win at the Etihad.
He was the best young player and Golden Boot winner at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scoring seven goals and has scored in the Champions League final. Vital goals.
Although he may sometimes be reduced to a substitute role, he is a big player for club and country (he has nearly 50 caps already) and can surely be counted as one of Europe’s best, and most versatile, players.
At the age of just 24, Müller is still learning and under Guardiola and playing in the shadows of messrs Ribery, Robben, Gotze and Kroos, he can only improve.