Tolisso Bayern’s Number 24 | An Aggressive Box-To-Box Player
Outside France, only insiders know him, but Corentin Tolisso is worth 41.5 million euros to Bayern. What you need to know about the successor to Xabi Alonso.
Last Tuesday, Corentin Tolisso sat for 90 minutes on the French bench in the international match between France and England in Paris, on Wednesday he completed the medical check at FC Bayern Munich and signed a contract until 2022. The 22-year-old comes from the French first division side Olympique Lyon and is after Niklas Süle, Sebastian Rudy (both from Hoffenheim) and Serge Gnabry (Bremen) the fourth transfer of the record champion.
Above all, however, Tolisso is the second most expensive player of the history of Bayern Munich. As Olympique Lyon confirmed on their website, Bayern paid for him 41.5 million euros. With bonus payments, the sum could even rise to 47.5 million euros. Thus, Tolisso costs more than Javi Martínez, the third most expensive purchase of FC Bayern. The Spanish player came in 2012 for 40 million euros from Athletic Bilbao. For whom do Bayern spend so much money?
Who Is Corentin Tolisso ?
Tolisso, tattooed arms, about 1.80 meters tall, was born in the outskirts of Lyon. His father’s family is from Togo. There, they tried to win him for the national team, but Tolisso chose to choose his native country.
In March of 2017, Corentin Tolisso made his debut in the French national jersey in a friendly against Spain. For this he went through the youth national teams from the U19 to the U21. In Lyon and the French national team, the midfielder wore the shirt number eight – in Bavaria, however, the number is already occupied by Martínez.
What Role Did He Play In Lyon?
As a 13-year-old, Tolisso moved to Olympique Lyon. His debut in Ligue 1, he made his first in the 2013/14 season, but did not make the breakthrough immediately. That changed at the beginning of the following season. Due to injury-related losses from regular players, he was in the starting eleven, but Tolisso did his job so well that he became a regular. He completed all league games, and played only twice not over the entire 90 minutes.
The last Lyon season was his third as a regular player. When captain Maxime Gonalons missed four games because of a red card, Tolisso even temporarily took over the captaincy. With Lyon he was fourth in the table and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League. He came across 47 appearances across all competitions, scoring 14 goals and assisting seven goals.
What Makes Him Special?
His ability to score goals as a box-to-box player makes him special for every team. No player in his position scored more in the big five European leagues last season than he did. Tolisso is strong, pass-safe and has a good game overview. His strength is his ball control, he distributes the balls to the other players and then pulls himself to the goal.
However, he sees himself more in the defensive as in the offensive midfield, which also fits better to the needs of Bayern. His tackling rate is still expandable for the defensive midfield, but Tolisso’s development is still ongoing. “He has qualities that are well above average and he is getting better,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio about him.
Why Did Bayern Sign Him
After the retirement of Xabi Alonso, Bayern have a gap in midfield. In addition, Javi Martínez and Joshua Kimmich are probably scheduled for defense. Tolisso should fix this bottleneck. He is flexible in use, his core position is indeed the central midfield, occasionally he was in Lyon an attacking midfielder or full-back. Tolisso is not yet the mature star that many Bayern fans want, but he brings a lot of experience for his young age. A total of 116 times he played in France’s first division, plus six appearances in the Champions League.
Was Bayern The Only Interested Club?
Other top clubs had also tried him. According to kicker information Chelsea made an offer before Bayern, he has also been associated with Manchester City. In 2016, however, he almost landed at SSC Napoli. He almost signed a pre-contract with the Italians, but then, before the signature, he had doubts that were mainly related to the city. “Something has caused fears in Tolisso in front of the city of Napoli, where you can see the ‘Gomorrah’ series, and I think it has influenced him,” his advisor Frederic Guerra told an Italian radio station.
The tv show is about the organized crime around Napoli and does not throw a good light on the third largest city in Italy. “He was made to believe that life in the city is not easy, and so he changed his mind,” Guerra said. There are no mafia shows about Munich that spread fear and terror. Maybe that has also convinced Tolisso.