Gnabry has surpassed all expectations – Uli Hoeneß

Serge Gnabry has been the biggest surprise in his debut season at Bayern Munich, according to club president Uli Hoeness.

Gnabry joined Bayern from Werder Bremen in summer 2017, however, he was loaned out to  Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim.

His stats for the Sinsheim club were quite impressive as he notched in 10 goals and seven assists in 22 league appearances but Hoeness still had his reservations.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 09: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammate Serge Gnabry during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on March 09, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – MARCH 09: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with teammate Serge Gnabry during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on March 09, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Those reservations were finally put to bed in Bayern having scored nine goals in 27 Bundesliga outings, as well as seven assists, to become the club’s second highest goal scorer behind the prolific Robert Lewandowski.

The 23-year-old has scored thrice in the club’s run to the DFB Cup semi-finals – where he is set to line up against ex-employers Bremen on Wednesday.

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“We thought we’d bring him back, and then see how he gets on if he plays from time to time,” Hoeneß said of Gnabry in Tuesday’s edition of Germany’s leading sports specialist magazine, Kicker.

“Now he’s a first-team regular, he’s enjoying himself and is the biggest surprise of the season – in a positive way.”

Germany’s 2016 Summer Olympics coach, Horst Hrubesch, equally gave his opinion about Gnabry.

“There’s no limit with him,” said Hrubesch who, with a little help from Gnabry, steered Germany to a silver medal win in Rio three years ago, only losing the final against Neymar’s Brazil on penalties.

“If he stays fit, Bayern will get a lot of joy out of him – he’s got 15 to 20 goals a season in him.”

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