- Oct 16, 2020
- FC Bayern
It's absolutely not a 'totally black and white story', you're right, and I wouldn't mean to imply that.Because prior to Flick Boateng didn't perform in these 4 years to the level everyone expects of him and one might argue his lack of focus also didn't help with his injury record. Let's also not forget that the club DID put a lot of trust into the young Boateng and DID defend him in the past too so this isn't a totally black and white story.
I think in the end it's down to the fact that Boateng lost focus in the last couple of years and combined with mediocre performances, injuries and a questionable lifestyle (you can argue that's his thing but it still reflects on the club) as well as his push to leave the club 2 years ago simply means he doesn't have as much credit as he used to have. He used up whatever goodwill there was so people shouldn't be too surprised that the club isn't too eager to extend with a 32 year old Boateng who isn't going to accept lower wages.
It should also be mentioned that we already have replacements ready and that Boateng only played 1,5 of 4 half times in the CL finale/semi finale. Boateng is a good CB at the moment but also not great or exceptional. He is certainly reliable but let's not forget that our defense is currently out biggest weakness (our defensive record in the league is the worst we have had in decades) and Boateng/Alaba are at the core of that defense. That doesn't mean I'd blame it just on them either (it's clearly also down to the overall performance/tactics) but it should be mentioned because sometimes you'd think Alaba/Boateng are prime Ramos/Van Dijk in discussions like this. We let someone like Hummels go who is still performing at a better level if I'm being completely honest.
But I have to wonder, what exactly is the "questionable lifestyle" that you claim Boateng has? Why is this notion floating around, what is it based upon?
As @kaiser1 writes, the first massive criticism, after his peak period, came from Rummenigge at the time Boateng signed a representation deal with Jay-Z's agency, and I think he was launching some sort of lifestyle magazine? (Not sure I remember that right)
This coincided with a lengthy period of Boateng having injury problems and struggling for fitness, and I remember Boateng took great offense to the insinuation made by Rummenigge that the two, his activities in his private life and his injury struggles, were related. Rummenigge saying that Boateng "would be better served focusing more on football again".
And we don't know why they would be related. Launching a sunglass collection or a lifestyle brand isn't detrimental to your health. For all we know he never missed training due to partying or any such stuff.
So why are these activities supposed to be 'questionable'? Müller spends a lot of time breeding dressage horses these days and in the recent years, he makes a lot of social media posts about it and is sure investing a lot of his private time in it, and noone gets the idea that its detrimental to his fooball career.
Why is Boateng's stuff different?
So the conclusion that there are prejudices connected to cultural-socioeconomic complexes, let's call them, at work, isn't too far fetched?