Germany legend Lothar Matthaus criticises Eric Dier loan and links with Kieran Trippier, claiming ‘that’s not Bayern Munich’ in withering assessment of his former club’s transfer policy

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has torn into his former club’s loan acquisition of Eric Dier and links with Kieran Trippier.

Matthaus suggested that welcoming a Tottenham benchwarmer or bringing in older players was not in line with the club’s identity.

The Bundesliga champions have loaned in Dier, who has played four games all season, and are expected to bid again for Trippier having had a loan and a lowball transfer approach snubbed.

Bayern need more depth and reinforcements, but are these players reinforcements? Eric Dier wasn’t necessarily a key player at Tottenham recently,’ Matthaus told the Sky 90 podcast.

‘I remember Uli Hoeness (Bayern’s honorary president) once saying that, ‘We won’t be bringing in any more players who are sitting on the bench at other clubs’. The latest transfer looks different.’

He added: ‘Kieran Trippier would be a similar case. That’s not Bayern Munich for me. Bayern should focus on reinforcements or on the young players. Aleksander Pavlovic sat out against Bremen and wasn’t substituted. When he did play, he was always outstanding.

Bayern Munich have very good youth players and Christoph Freund (Bayern’s sporting director) is responsible for that. He has a good network.

‘In the summer it was said, ‘We can let (Benjamin) Pavard and (Josip) Stanisic go and get someone else instead’, and then they didn’t get anyone else. As a result, they’ve got problems at right-back and in the centre. They thought, ‘We’ll manage that’. No, they reacted too late. The team can’t find itself.’

Harry Kane’s trophy curse risks continuing with Bayern seven points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen, albeit with a game in hand.

He lost 3-0 in the German Super Cup final on his debut against RB Leipzig and Bayern were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by third-tier outfit Saarbrucken 2-1.

Bayern are trying to strengthen this January with a few injuries and absences.