Bayern player ratings for the 2015-16 season

FC Bayern München won another double in 2015-16. How did the players fare individually? Find out.

I propose the usual evaluation format: a rating, comments and a verdict on each guy.


Manuel Neuer: 8.5

Neuer has been impressive once again last season. He equalled his 20 clean sheets from the prior campaign. The keeper conceded just 0.47 goal per game, in comparison with 0.56 the season before. However, a six-point drop in distribution for a 83% passing rate is a concern. This means that he is less of a weapon when launching new plays. (Mid-season: 9)

Verdict: Keep him until he retires.

Sven Ulreich

Not evaluated due to lack of playing time.

Central defenders

Medhi Benatia: 7

Is he as bad as we once thought? Once injury-free, he had a few good games, playing with calm and good defensive timing. On the other hand, we can reasonably think he cannot play on a regular basis due to recurrent health problems. (Mid-season: 7)

Verdict: Keep him as a backup.

Jérôme Boateng: 9

Ah, the neighbour everyone wants to have in Germany. Boateng has been and remains a star. His time on the sidelines hurt the team during the second half. His return made FCB better. A noticeable improvement is dominance in the air: a five-point increase at 71% duels won. (Mid-season 9.5)

Verdict: Keep him until he retires.

Holger Badstuber

Not evaluated due to lack of playing time


Rafinha: 8

Raf has his critics but they are obsessed with the past. The newly naturalised German has played well last season, not committing a single defensive error in the Bundesliga and increasing his passing rate by two points at 92%. Importantly, his runs and crosses on the right flank fueled the attack! (Mid-season: 7.5)

Verdict: Keep.

Juan Bernat: 5

The disappointment of the first half until he got injured… and the disappointment of the second half. Defensively absent and offensively inefficient, he does too little for a top-level team. Even when he played well in his first season, he showed his limits. (Mid-season: 5)

Verdict: Sell.

Philipp Lahm: 9

Captain Bayern had a solid second half, making up for a slow start. He found his legs in the hybrid right-back/midfielder role. His contribution to the attack has increased with 48 chances created, up from 32 the year before. Passing accuracy and duels won also went up a bit. Oldie but goodie.

Verdict: Keep.

David Alaba: 7.5

Did playing at centre-back for a long spell disturb him? Was it the lack of partnership with Franck Ribéry? David did not look good at all in the second half, struggling at CB and then at left-back. Offensive stats were fine, but his defending has suffered. This requires attention in the summer. (Mid-season: 8.5)

Verdict: Keep.

Central midfielders

Javi Martínez

Not evaluated due to lack of playing time

Xabi Alonso: 8

Xabi has been surprisingly good in many games, but he makes the most visible (and costly mistakes) when off the ball, in defensive mode. His duels won dropped by seven points to 43%. His efficiency in air battles and take ons dropped severely, making him more of a liability when he is not passing. Plus, he already is 34. (Mid-season: 8.5)

Verdict: Sell.

Arturo Vidal: 9

Arturo did not hit the ground running, but the comeback was a stunning one in the second half of the season. Midfield dominance, thunderous shots, vicious headers, physical play and a tendency to play better in big matches made him a fan favourite. (Mid-season: 7)

Verdict: Keep.

Joshua Kimmich: 8.5

Few football players who are this young have to play as makeshift centre-back in high-pressure situations such as a Champions League tie against Juventus, and succeed. This, in addition to excellent midfield play earlier in the season, show great potential. (Mid-season: 8)

Verdict: Keep and extend.

Sebastian Rode

Not evaluated due to lack of playing time.

Attacking midfielders

Thiago Alcântara: 7

When Thiago struggles, the statistics look alright, but his on-pitch visibility drops spectacularly. A handful of performances such as the Juventus second leg aside, his season has been under par. Arturo Vidal has had a much greater impact in the midfield. (Mid-season: 7.5)

Verdict: Keep, but do not extend.

Franck Ribéry: 7.5

There is no doubt that the Frenchman has played well, but I noticed a slowdown when taking on the opposition on the wing. The stats back it up: from 64% to 56% and 38% in the last three seasons. In addition, he has lost speed on the counterattack. (Mid-season: not evaluated)

Verdict: Keep, but do not extend.

Arjen Robben

Not evaluated due to lack of playing time.

Thomas Müller: 9.5

The Bundesliga stats are impressive: Seven more goals for a tally of 20. An increase of 50% in chances created, for a total of 60. A five-point gain in passing accuracy at 77%. The Raumdeuter keeps getting better. (Mid-season: 9.5)

Verdict: Well duh.

Kingsley Coman: 8.5

Four goals and 35 chances created in the Bundesliga, plus a huge goal against Juventus in the Champions League are no small achievements for a 19 years old man. Coman was also inconsistent at times, deserving to be benched late in the season. I see this as growing pains. (Mid-season: 9)

Verdict: Keep and turn the loan into a transfer.

Douglas Costa: 8

Impressive in the first half, average in the second. Costa was chance-creating machine early on, to go quiet most of the time in the second half. He needs to mature and use his explosiveness better. (Mid-season: 9)

Verdict: Keep.

Mario Götze 7.5

Mario definitely was not perfect but he was decent. A 76% shooting accuracy is something many elite players would happily have on their resume. However, an eight-point drop to 39% in take ons is a huge problem for a playmaker. (Mid-season: Not evaluated)

Verdict: Keep as backup.


Robert Lewandowski: 9.5

The man of the season. With 30 goals and a cannon award, Lewandowski has done well most of the time. Stats are however boosted by some high-scoring games. Lewy was largely absent in a couple of key matches in the final stretch of the season. He has to improve that aspect of his game. (Mid-season: 9)