Hector Bellerin and Serge Gnabry were teammates together at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Hector Bellerin has mocked former West Brom manager Tony Pulis and lavished praise on Bayern Munich’s newly crowned player of the season, Serge Gnabry.
After a nomadic career, punctuated by loan spells and injury, Gnabry enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at the Allianz Arena playing a pivotal role in helping Bayern secure the Bundesliga title.
The 23-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions and has also established himself as a key player in Joachim Low’s Germany national team.
Despite a hugely encouraging start to his Arsenal career, Gnabry, who was handed his Premier League debut as a teenager by Arsene Wenger, failed to regain the trust of his manager following a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Serge Gnabry played a key role in Bayern Munich winning the German league and cup double last season (Picture: Getty)He was subsequently farmed out to the Baggies, where he made just three appearances in all competitions during an unhappy loan spell during which Pulis claimed he ‘was not at the required level’.
‘Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games,’ said the Welshman, recently sacked by Middlesbrough.
‘He’s come from academy football and not played much league football. Does academy football really prepare players for league football? And we’re talking about Premier League football here.
‘As a manager you pick a team that’s going to win a game of football. You pick your best team, you don’t leave people out because you don’t like them, because of this, that and the other.’
Not good enough to play for West Brom though🙄🙄 Congrats my bro I always knew you were the best 🌟@SergeGnabry https://t.co/dTYrcPjRay
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) June 22, 2019
Gnabry has since made a mockery of those comments having rebuilt his reputation at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim, before gaining his big break at Bayern.
‘Not good enough to play for West Brom tho,’ Bellerin sarcastically on Twitter. ‘Congrats my bro I always knew you were the best.’
The Spaniard, himself, has is recovering from a long-term knee injury and his hopeful of returning to competitive action in late September, although he has recently been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.