Kirchoff, who now works on his trade with Uerdingen 05 in the 3.Liga, was team-mates with the former PSG star at both Mainz and Schalke.

Absolutely exceptional Choupo

Former Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchoff described the Bavarian side’s new signing Eric Choupo-Moting as an “absolutely exceptional player” and says the move is perfect for both the player and the club the skills of the Cameroon international. Kirchoff, who now works on his trade with Uerdingen 05 in the 3.Liga, was team-mates with the former PSG star at both Mainz and Schalke. With the pair bumping into each other frequently during workouts. And while Choupo-Moting’s goal-to-game ratio may not make for the most impressive reading, Kirchoff believes his old friend has a mix of attributes that make him a special and unique player – even if he doesn’t boast the same goal return like some of the game’s greats.

According to Kirchoff, Choupo lacks a selfishness

“Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is moving to Bayern Munich. It may come as a surprise to many, but to be honest, it does not surprise me. Rather, Choupo has arrived at a club that he is ideally suited to, given his skills,” said the 30-year-old. “Without exaggeration: It’s crazy how good Choupo is. He has everything – he’s quick, understands the game, makes smart runs, he’s agile, technically strong, has good ball control and dribbling. The only thing that separates him from guys like Robert Lewandowski or Zlatan Ibrahimovic is his finishing sequence. “Indeed, Kirchoff pointed out the lack of selfishness, which may have prevented the attacker from becoming a household name.” In terms of character, Choupo is a perfect guy, very positive, happy, contented a person,” he added. “On the other hand, he can miss the egoism that such Lewandowski brings with them.

“At Schalke, for example, he was never the absolute go-to player he could be with his skills. If you want to be the main man, you have to demand it selfishly, like Kevin-Prince Boateng or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. From Bayern’s point of view, the transfer makes perfect sense. With him, miracles are not expected. But at the same time, everyone who worked with Choupo knows that he has great qualities. Just because Choupo never had the best stats doesn’t mean that he is worse than others as a footballer.”