5 Players Who Need a Strong End to the Season to Secure Their Future at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are cruising in the Bundesliga this season and even after dropping points against Hertha BSC on Saturday, results elsewhere have allowed the Bavarians to open up a 20 point gap at the top of the table.

However, a number of first-team players could see their role in the squad under threat this summer if they don’t put in a strong performance during the Rückrunde.

Here are five Bayern players who need to perform before the end of the season to secure their future at the Allianz Arena.

5. Juan Bernat

Juan Bernat’s £9m move to Bayern Munich in 2014 always had the sense that the Spaniard would play second fiddle to David Alaba.

Last season, Bernat was arguably Bayern’s best performing full-back and it looked like he could secure a permanent spot in their first-team this season.

However, Alaba has found his feet once again and reclaimed his starting spot, with Bernat now facing an uphill battle to find a regular place in the Bayern squad.

4. Jérôme Boateng

Former Manchester City defender Jérôme Boateng is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in European football thanks to his stellar career in Bavaria.

However, the arrival of Niklas Süle has seen Boating fall down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena and the 29-year-old could face the chop this summer if he can’t rediscover his best form.

3. Corentin Tolisso

Given the outstanding midfield that Corentin Tolisso has found himself competing with this season – both under Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes – the Frenchman has actually had an impressive campaign.

The former Olympique Lyon star has, however, struggled to tie down a regular place in Bayern’s first-team but a good end to the Rückrunde will give the Bavarians’ next manager a headache ahead of the 2018/19 season.

2. Kingsley Coman

Much like with his aforementioned compatriot, Kingsley Coman’s performances during the Rückrunde could define his role in Bayern’s squad next season.

With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry both expected to end their time in Bavaria when their contracts expire at the end of the season, Coman will need to be ready for when he is given much more responsibility next year.

1. Robert Lewandowski

Despite being one of the most coveted strikers in European football, Robert Lewandowski’s future in Munich is far from secure.

The Polish striker appeared to throw a bit of a strop at the end of last season after missing out on becoming the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer and he is rumoured to be interested in a move away from the club.

If Lewandowski fails to step up in the Champions League and help Bayern book their spot in at least the final this season, the club’s hierarchy could be willing to part ways with the 29-year-old this summer.