Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has suggested that Sadio Mane does not look happy at Bayern Munich and has even urged Julian Nagelsmann to bench him.
The Senegalese forward relocated to Bavaria from Anfield in the summer but has endured a bit of a dry patch in front of goal following a blistering beginning. He started the season with five goals from five games in all competitions, but has since fired a blank in his previous six outings.
Goals in the Bundesliga — including a brace against Bochum and a debut goal against Frankfurt — the DFB-Pokal and the German Super Cup against RB Leipzig suggested Mane had settled into life seamlessly at Bayern, but he has been struggling since September rolled around.
Nagelsmann’s men are winless in their last four Bundesliga games, including Saturday’s limp 1-0 reversal to Augsburg, and Mane has been at the forefront of the club’s recent struggles, with the usually goal-happy forward failing to find form in the final third.
Hamann told GMX: “He is not integrated. I saw him at Liverpool where he played through the middle. That’s not his position. Now he also takes this position at FC Bayern. He’s at his best when he comes from the outside.
“He doesn’t look happy to me. Other players like Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala or Lucas Hernandez, who is currently injured, all perform outstandingly. Nobody is talking about Mane at the moment.
“He seems isolated and hardly participates in the game. FC Bayern has to get that under control.”
Trying to offer a solution, Hamann suggested that it may be worth taking Mane out of the starting XI to give him a reboot and a chance for Bayern to find their rhythm again.
He added: “I think that Mane should be put on the bench if he continues to play so little part in Bayern’s game.
“You could of course put Mane on the side. He would be better off there. However, they already have three great players there in Musiala, Sane and Coman.”