Bayern Munich have a new star in their midst, as if the current Champions League, Bundesliga, and DFB Pokal champions needed one.
Jamal Musiala, a 17-year-old, Germany-born England youth international who is eligible to play for Nigeria, has recently broken into Bayern Munich’s first-team plans thanks to his rapid development.
Born in Fulda just northeast of Frankfurt, Musiala spent much of his childhood in England, where he and his family moved to when he was seven.
The attacking midfielder spent four months with Southampton’s academy before being spotted by and ultimately joining the Chelsea setup.
Musiala hit the ground running with the London club and soon broke into age-group football, playing way above his years. The prestigious talent has since made eight appearances for England’s U17 side, scoring in his first two outings.
After his family moved back to Germany following the UK’s decision to leave Europe via ‘Brexit’, Musiala joined Bayern Munich’s famed academy aged just 16.
The youngster soon found himself promoted to the Under 19s side and was not at all out of place with elder peers. After just eight appearances with the side, he was promoted to reserve team duties.
Following the postponement of football in early 2020, Musiala made his debut in senior football for Bayern Munich’s second team in the third division of German football. One week later in his second appearance at the same level FSV Zwickau, the midfielder scored twice.
As the Bavarian club wrapped up the Bundesliga title, in the run in the multinational teenager came off the bench against Freiburg to make his full debut and in turn, become Bayern’s youngest-ever player in the Bundesliga at just 17 years and 115 days old.
After continuing to impress through a shortened pre-season, Musiala came off the bench once more as Bayern kicked off their Bundesliga title defence against Schalke on Friday night.
Not content with just an appearance, the England youth international went one step further and scored just nine minutes after coming on, breaking more records in the process by becoming the club’s all-time youngest goalscorer.
A supremely talented boy who is not too long a time will have a big decision to make regarding his international future. England will certainly be hoping they can convince what could be a generational talent to stick to them.
Perhaps a call up mightn’t be far away given his performance in what is currently the best team in Europe.