While the majority of Bayern Munich’s senior players are away on international duty, Niko Kovac and his coaching staff have invited a handful of youth players to train with the senior squad during the international break. Among them, 19-year-old midfielder Woo-Yeong Jeong has made a strong impression — in addition to his 6 goals and 6 assists from 13 appearances in the Regionalliga thus far.
Per a report by Bild, Jeong has been demonstrating his quality during the sessions with his tireless running and agility on the flanks. During Tuesday’s practice, he was the only player who always kept on training after an intense session on headers.
Jeong’s father Jin-Deok has been savoring every moment of his son’s hard work in training, watching each and every session his son’s been involved in from just outside the gates at Säbener Strasse. “I’m very proud of my son,” he jubilantly told Bild.
Maximilian Franzke, Maximilian Zaiser, Jonathan Meier, Ron Thorben Hoffmann, and Franck Evina also have been training with the senior squad in addition to Jeong. Bayern’s academy director, Jochen Sauer, is happy his players have the opportunity:
It’s always nice when the youngsters get the chance to train with the pros. The international break is a good occasion to showcase yourself.
When Bayern introduced the new FC Bayern Campus, the aim was to produce a larger crop of youth talents that could ultimately break into the senior squad. With opportunities like this during the international breaks, it gives the coaching staff a could look at some of the players they could potentially utilize when resources in the senior squad are limited, and players like Jeong have been making strong cases for themselves.