Fans of the Bundesliga will be familiar with Croatian winger Ivan Perišić, who has joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal from Inter Milan. Perišić played for Borussia Dortmund and VFL Wolfsburg over four seasons from 2011 – 2015. He scored 27 goals and made 16 assists in 112 appearances in Germany.
However, it was his move to Inter Milan where he began to flourish. He scored 37 goals and made 31 assists in 141 games for the Italian side. He returns to Germany to compete with Kingsley Coman for the left-wing position vacated by Franck Ribéry.
Bayern Munich were pushed all the way last year in the title race by Borussia Dortmund. Without the aforementioned Ribéry and newly-retired Arjen Robben, Munich had to swiftly replace the wingers. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Leroy Sane, and Gareth Bale were all names linked with the reigning champions, yet they ended up signing Perišić.
This tactical analysis and scout report will look at how Perišić will fit into Bayern Munich’s system and will give Bayern fans an idea of the type of winger they have signed.
Perišić is coming off of a very strong season for Inter. Although not quite reaching the heights from the year before that led to Manchester United’s very public pursuit, he still managed nine goals and eight assists. Despite scoring 11 goals in each of the two previous seasons, his xG for the 2018/19 season was his highest yet, at 11.88.