Lucas Hernandez has not gotten much playing time this season for Bayern Munich, but the French defender still says that he feels he still has the trust of his manager, despite only starting several games this campaign.
Over the last few months it has become clear that Flick has developed more of a liking toward Alphonso Davies and with good reason, the kid is ridiculous. Hernandez has only 29 appearances to his name so far, not all of them on the left side of defense but also in the centre of late. His versatility is one of his biggest strengths so he can play in multiple positions for Bayern.
Lucas Hernández in @lequipe interview: “The coach spoke to me before Lazio and told me that I was starting, that he’s counting on me and that I have to continue to perform. He told me that I was going to play at left-back and that he likes my flexibility” pic.twitter.com/5b0Lj0j5Qu
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Hernandez recently spoke with L’Equipe about his lack of game time and also the trust Hansi Flick has in him.
“It’s true that I’ve had phases when I played less and other times when I played more, but he [Flick] always had confidence in me,” he said.
Against Werder Bremen, Hernandez’s versatility was again on show as he started in the heart of the defense as he was providing cover for David Alaba and Flick chose him over Jerome Boateng, which is a feather in his cap, and when you add that it is highly likely both will be departing at season’s end, there will be opportunities for Hernandez next season.
“When a coach talks about you like that, it’s always flattering. He knows it doesn’t matter if I’m ten, play for 30 or 90 minutes – I always give it my all. And he likes that,” he said of his manager’s glowing words for him.
With the several departures due to happen in the summer, there is a very real possibility that Hernandez will be predominantly used as a centre-back for Bayern and he even stated that it is his preferred position.
“It’s difficult at the moment because the established players are at a very high level. But I still have three and a half years of contract,”
With Bayern announcing the arrival of Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig in the summer, Hernandez will again be fighting for minutes, but with Alaba, Boateng, and potentially Javi Martinez all shipping out, there is a strong case to be made that Lucas will be a vital cog in the Bayern machine for the next three and a half years of his contract.
Despite being used sparingly so far by Flick, one thing is for certain. When Hernandez is called upon, more often than not he delivers for his side, regardless of the position he is put in. He could very well end up being one of Bayern’s critical players come season’s end.