The official account of the Bundesliga calls him ‘the most underappreciated player in world football’, while Carlo Ancelotti, when in charge at Bayern, was one of the many coaches who praised his positioning and tactical intelligence.
There are countless articles with team-mates praising him, while his record speaks for itself.
No, Thomas Muller isn’t underappreciated or indeed underrated, from the sense that a footballer that has so many articles written about him along these very lines simply can’t be, by definition. There are countless Muller fans out there and his legacy as one of Bayern and Germany’s greatest-ever players has long been solidified.
To understand quite how amazing an achievement Muller’s season has been, we need to add the context of how it began.
By August 2019 he was out of favour at Bayern, with Niko Kovac reducing his role to one of impact substitute. In fact he started just two matches from the beginning of September until the end of November, sometimes given scant minutes from the bench or, sometimes, nothing at all.
In the previous March Joachim Low had decided that he was surplus to requirements for Germany as well, effectively ruling him out of being selected while Low was coach.