He impressed in last year’s UEFA Euro 2016, he won the trophy with Portugal along with the Young Player of the Tournament award for himself, moved to Bayern from Benfica for no less than 35 million euros, but the last 10 months didn’t go the way he hoped.
Bayern’s Renato Sanches may still be young and a move abroad difficult, but you would expect more minutes with a €35m transfer fee. But Sanches didn’t deserve to play more
German football legend Lothar Matthaus wrote in his Sport Bild column, including the young Portuguese in the top three flops of the season, alongside Borussia Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle and Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo.
Not that Sanches himself doesn’t know that his first season at Bayern was way below average…
Honestly, I have to say my first season here wasn’t particularly good. But I won’t let it get me down and I’m certain the coming season will be better for me. Personally speaking, I expected more in my first year, but next year will definitely be better
he told reporters recently. Sanches played in a total of 25 official games this season, starting only six Bundesliga games. Statistics-wise, the worst of all is that he failed to score a single goal, or at least get credited with an assist.