The best examples of how you can make it from the youth of FC Bayern to a regular among the pros are walking around the training ground in Doha every day: Jamal Musiala (19) is now irreplaceable both in Munich and in the German national team, The same applied to Thomas Müller (33) for more than ten years.
And the original Bavarian has still not reached the end of his career, but is still in demand in both top German teams. By the way, also as a guide for the young players. The AZ therefore asked Müller at the training camp: How does a youngster manage to break through at Bayern?
“The biggest tip is to find a mixture of humility and not to freeze in shock,” said Müller: “If you’re in a promising position in front of the goal as a young player, you have to shoot too. It’s like basketball: if you have the open three-pointer, you have to take it – even if you’re not a three-pointer specialist. You have to stay cheeky, especially the offensive players.”
In Doha, Arijon Ibrahimovic (17) is particularly distinguished by this quality. The young German striker with roots in Kosovo has scored 13 times for Bayern’s U19s in the first half of the season so far, and he has two assists in two games with the amateurs in the regional league.
And Ibrahimovic is also in the spotlight with the pros: he scored a few nice goals in the training sessions, and he acted very cool and composed in front of goal. The young man with the illustrious name doesn’t seem to worry too much, this carefree attitude is very important.
Ibrahimovic is one of the five youngsters that head coach Julian Nagelsmann took with him to Doha. They are Bayern’s blue chips, the club’s stocks with what are likely to be the biggest growth prospects over the coming years.
Goalkeeper Tom Ritzy Hülsmann (18), Tarek Buchmann (17, defender), Yusuf Kabadayi (18, forward) and Lovro Zvonarek (17, midfield) were also nominated. A measure that paid off: According to AZ information, the coaching team is extremely satisfied with the performance of the five youngsters, everyone showed the necessary respect but not fear. Everyone would have contributed their part to a top training camp.
“The boys make a very good impression. They are hardworking, also self-confident,” said veteran Müller and confirmed: “I enjoy it and I don’t have the impression that the level is suffering.”
In addition to Ibrahimovic, defensive jewel Buchmann has played in the foreground. The 1.88m defender is praised internally for his clean passing game and his height also gives him an advantage in dogfights. Buchmann can improve when it comes to remaining defense and game activity, but his potential is generally considered to be high.
Will he even be given a professional contract in the future? All five youngsters taking part in Doha have the chance to establish themselves. Now it’s a matter of taking the next step with diligence and discipline.
Paul Wanner (17) is a little further along. The midfielder signed a professional contract last year and has already played seven times in Nagelsmann’s team. And so Wanner, who is also still at the beginning of his career, alongside Musiala and Müller, is the role model for the very young Bayern players who are allowed to show themselves in Doha.
This article was written by Maximilian Koch
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The original of this article “One youngster stands out in Munich’s training camp” comes from the evening newspaper.