FC Bayern München manager Jupp Heynckes says the addition of Niklas Sule to the squad has made the Bundesliga champions that much stronger.
Sule joined Die Roten in the off-season for a reported €20 million fee after starring for domestic rivals Hoffenheim, who qualified for the UEFA Champions League with a fourth-placed finish in the league.
The 22-year-old’s arrival was greeted with skepticism as fans and media alike expected him to play a peripheral role at the Allianz Arena due to the presence of World Cup-winning centre-backs Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.
However, after playing a key role in the 2017 Confederation Cup triumph, Sule continued his rapid progression with Bayern and has missed only six games across all competitions – racking up six more appearances than Boateng.
“Niklas Sule’s developing very well and will only get better,” Heynckes told the official Bundesliga website. “He’s a young player who always takes on board what I have to say to him.
“It’s nice to have three world-class central defenders. Jerome [Boateng] and Mats [Hummels] are our world champions, but Niklas has done a good job when he’s played. He’s a great buy for Bayern.”