Bayern Munich haven’t had the greatest start by their standards since Niko Kovac took over the club in the summer. They currently sit second in the Bundesliga, six points off of Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarian side only made one big summer signing in Leon Goretzka, although that had already been agreed in January 2018. Young Canadian Alphonso Davis will join up with the squad in January after his £9m move in the summer. Bayern have been hit with long term injuries throughout the season, Kingsley Coman has only recently returned while Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso are spending a spell on the sidelines.
Here are some January signings that could help them catch up to Dortmund and regain the Bundesliga title.
1. Jonas Hector
Bayern currently only have one natural left back in David Alaba. Jonas Hector was a favourite to replace former player Juan Bernat in the summer though those rumours were quickly silenced when he signed a new two-year deal for recently relegated FC Kӧln.
The German international has three goals in 13 games in the 2.Bundesliga so far and was one of the few players who impressed in Russia during Germany’s woeful World Cup campaign. Bayern have a track record of signing versatile players and that is what you can expect with Jonas Hector. Although he is mostly utilised at left back for the national team, he can also play comfortably in a holding midfielder role.
2. Sebastian Haller
The Frenchman has been firing in the goals for Frankfurt this season in both the Bundesliga and Europa League games. The 24 year-old has already matched last season’s goal tally of nine in 15 games this season as well as adding three in the Europa league.
Bayern have been reliant on Robert Lewandowski since the Polish striker signed and with only Sandro Wagner as a backup, Haller would be great cover for the Bavarians. Wagner has failed to find the net in his six Bundesliga appearances while Lewandowski is only one goal ahead of the French striker with 10 goals. Haller is used to quick attacking play at Frankfurt and would blend into the Munich system well.
3. Florian Thauvin
The Marseille winger is exactly the type of player Bayern should be targeting. The winger has bags of pace and has added goals to his game in recent seasons. Thauvin scored 22 goals last season and already has 11 in 15 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille.
Arjen Robben recently announced that he was leaving the club and Bayern could be looking at bringing in a few wingers before they are only left with Gnabry and Coman. Thauvin lacks international experience, only featuring for France in friendly matches despite his one minute of action at the World Cup against Argentina. However, his goal-scoring threat could make him a great acquisition for the German champions.
4. Kai Havertz
The German youngster has already been linked with a move to Barcelona as well as Bavaria. The attacking midfielder is only in his third season of first-team football and has excelled each year. The 19-year-old is fast approaching is 100th appearance for Bayer Leverkusen already and is tipped to have a glittering career in the game.
Havertz impressed during his Under-19 career for Germany, scoring seven in eight games before getting called up to the senior team. Earlier this year Havertz was awarded the Gold Fritz Walter Medal which is a prestigious award given out to young German stars of the future.
5. Thorgan Hazard
Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan Hazard is another attacking option that Bayern have been linked with recently. The Mӧnchengladbach player can be deployed anywhere along the front line and provide both goals and assists.
The Belgian has recently been pushing his way into the national team set up, making two appearances at the World Cup including 90 minutes in Belgium’s victory over England in the group phase. Hazard is another player who has started this Bundesliga season on fire with nine goals and seven assists for Die Fohlen.
6. Benjamin Pavard
After a successful season, Benjamin Pavard has been linked to various clubs. The French defender became one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia which led to Bayern becoming big favourites to land the Stuttgart defender’s signature. However, Pavard decided to stay in Stuttgart and denied that any deal was agreed to take him to Munich.
Stuttgart have had a poor season so far and Pavard could be looking for a way out, and although there is interest from Premier League clubs he could opt to stay in Germany, and Bayern should be aiming to get the defender to Bavaria this time around.