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Why are Müller and Alaba missing from EA Sports' TOTY squad?
Since January 7th the voting for the Team of the Year of FIFA 21 is running. EA asked the community to vote for the elite team based on a pre-selection created by them. But exactly this preselection of EA causes astonishment for many. In the squad, which EA provides to the community for voting, some stars of FC Bayern Munich are missing. This is particularly surprising for two players.
David Alaba was with outstanding performances a reason for the triple success of the German record champion. However, there is no place for him in the squad from the EA to the TOTY. Also other players from the defense of the team of Hansi Flick are EA apparently not good enough for the TOTY 20. Only shooting star Alphonso Davies made it into the squad of EA.
But also in the offensive some fans miss stars of FC Bayern Munich. Especially Thomas Müller is missing the fans. Since Hansi Flick has taken over as coach of FC Bayern München, the Bavarian veteran has been on top form. In the current season alone, the Munich native has scored nine times in 25 games and set up ten goals. Müller was also one of Bayern's best attacking players last season, alongside Robert Lewandowski. Many fans are even calling for his return to the German national team. But Jogi Löw is denying Müller a comeback in the DFB selection. But apparently Löw is not the only one, which Müller could not convince of his achievements. Also EA Sports has apparently no place for Müller in the top selection for 2020.
But how can it be that despite outstanding performance of Bayern players they do not appear in the squad for the TOTY. Other Bundesliga professionals like Ginter, Stindel or Hrádecký or Andre Silva are?
Does EA really see their performances above those of the Bayern stars? Or is the selection not based on sportive reasons? FC Bayern München has a highly dated contract with EA Sports competitor Konami. At least this is the opinion of one of the most successful German FIFA pros Kai Deto. The professional of Bayer 04 Leverkusen feels the selection of EA as a cheek and sees the reason in the partnership of FC Bayern Munich with Konami.
In the end we don't know if this is really true. Nevertheless it is more than astonishing that some stars of FC Bayern München can't be voted into the TOTY. But that's not enough of oddities in the voting. A fan can cast his vote for the TOTY as often as he likes. So eager fans have a strong influence on the outcome of the vote.