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Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee could be heading home

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A loan spell in the Netherlands might be in order for one of Bayern Munichs’ brightest prospects.

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A new report out of The Netherlands has Dutch club ADO Den Haag linked with their former player and current Bayern Munich U-19 center-forward Joshua Zirkzee. The 18-year-old was purchased from Feyenoord in 2017, but he spent three years with Den Haag’s youth academy prior to heading over to Rotterdam.

Zirkzee, who’s been capped three times at U-19 level for the Dutch national team without seeing many meaningful minutes, has hit a crossroads in his career at this stage. The promising 6’4” striker is still only 18. He managed to grab 12 goals and two assists with the Bayern’s U-19 team in 16 appearances last season and was set to join the Bayern reserves for the upcoming season. But in light of other additions Bayern have made at his position, getting meaningful playing time might be more valuable.

ADO Den Haag, which finished last season firmly mid table in the Eredivisie at 9th place, looks like a prime candidate for an ambitious scorer. Rubbing elbows with the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Utrecht could be much more valuable to Zirkzee than the likes of Zwickau, Sonnenhof-Großaspach and Meppen, which he would be facing in 3.Liga with Bayern II (yes, those are actual clubs).

The only real complication is Zirkzee’s contract. He is currently signed until the summer of 2020. He can’t “return” from a loan spell if he doesn’t have a contract, so Bayern will need to offer him an extension before any loan can be completed. The future is still bright for the young man, so it’s doubtful he would want to bolt to the Eredivisie full time, but this is a small wrinkle that will need to get sorted.