With the summer transfer window now officially closed, Carlo Ancelotti will have no chance to further strengthen his Bayern Munich squad until January. In what were a fairly quiet few months at the Allianz Arena, the vast majority of attention was focused on the incoming transfers of James Rodriguez and Corentin Tolisso, while perhaps not enough attention has been given to Renato Sanches’ move to Swansea City, which only seemed to turn a few heads across the continent.
Last summer, Bayern made Sanches one of their primary targets after the player’s superb domestic campaign at Benfica, whom Bayern also faced in the Champions League that same season. The German giants were willing to fork out around €35 million to sign the Portugal youngster, although that fee could eventually top €80 million if he developed into an elite talent. So far, neither Sanches nor Bayern have benefited from the player’s transfer to the German club. Instead, Sanches struggled to find time on the pitch under Carlo Ancelotti, who perpetually seems to favor older, more established players and not having the patience to develop young talents. Even when Sanches did appear on the pitch, he looked a bit overwhelmed and still quite raw within the polished machinations of Bayern’s set up. Moreover, word circulated that Sanches struggled with the new German culture and language. Bayern were left disappointed after a poor start to life at the Allianz Arena. In 29 appearances, Sanches failed to get his name on the scoresheet and while his game is about so much more than scoring, to not bag at least once whilst playing for a team as dominant as Bayern Munich is worrying, to say the least.
However, at just 20 years old, Sanches’ best years are hopefully ahead of him, so Bayern and Sanches opted for another route, since for the time being, Sanches will ply his trade over in the Premier League at the Welsh side Swansea City.
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that the club’s head coach, Paul Clement—a former assistant to Ancelotti at Bayern, but most notably at Real Madrid—used his contact book to arrange such an explosive loan deal. Without Clement’s pulling power, there would be next to no chance of this move going through but it could be work out for all parties. If all goes to plan, Swansea, Bayern and Sanches himself could benefit from this loan move.
At the time of writing, Swansea are mid-table in the Premier League after picking up four points from their first three games. The Jacks are priced at around 9/4 to suffer relegation this season but Sanches should help the Welsh outfit avoid the drop. Who knows, he might even make an instant impact at the Liberty Stadium in the coming weeks.
If Sanches can emulate his Benfica form, Swansea might even finish in the top half – that is how good he can be. If nothing else, Bayern will be hoping that a good run in Swansea’s first team can help to bolster his confidence and leading his side, currently priced at 15/2 with various bookmakers, to a top-ten finish would certainly do just that.
Welcome to @SwansOfficial, Renato Sanches…
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017
Swansea may find it tough to finish in the top half and Sanches isn’t going to turn the Jacks into world beaters overnight. From a Bayern perspective, gaining crucial match experience is the most important outcome and the Germans will be happy if he appears on a regular basis. Those wanting to back Swansea to succeed could consider one of the online free bets no deposit bonuses in order to minimise risk and potentially maximise profit.
With Sanches playing regularly in what is arguably the best division in Europe, Bayern should see a clear improvement in the Portuguese’s style. It would be foolish to write Sanches off just yet considering his impressive potential and a loan move to Swansea may be just what he needs to regain his mojo. Be prepared Premier League fans: if Sanches gets off to a flyer, the Swans could be in business.
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