Reports suggesting Bayern Munich will let Joshua Zirkzee join Everton have come as no surprise to former Bundesliga coach Christoph Daum, who questioned the striker’s “performance” and “attitude” while speaking to Sky, via Sport1.
This time last year, the Bundesliga champions looked to have unearthed a teen sensation capable of easing the crushing burden of expectation on Robert Lewandowski’s shoulders.
The “deadly” Zirkzee scored a number of key goals as Bayern retained their German top-flight crown in 2019/20, earning plenty of praise from Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller and living legend Manuel Neuer.
At the time you would have been stunned to hear Bayern would ever consider letting Zirkzee go.
But, according to the Daily Mail, the 6ft 4in Dutchman is now in talks over a loan move to Everton, which could become permanent if he impresses at Goodison Park.
But one person who isn’t surprised to see Zirkzee head for the exit is Daum. He believes something isn’t quite right behind the scenes at the Allianz Arena.
“What I have noticed from people at Bayern who are closely watching him is, ‘it is not enough’. What I hear is the performance and attitude are not Bayern-like,” explains the former Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Koln boss.
Zirkzee has played just 91 minutes of Bundesliga football this term, tumbling down the pecking order after the arrival of eternal benchwarmer Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting from Paris Saint-Germain.
“Of course, (Choupo-Moting) is a wonderful back-up. Every coach can be satisfied when he has such a positive player on the team who makes no fuss and also supports the team in the dressing room. All things you haven’t seen from Zirkzee,” Daum adds.
Zirkzee has been dropped from the first-team squad in recent weeks and was recently hit with a three-game ban after kicking the 1860 Munich goalkeeper in the face during a reserve clash (Daily Mail).