When Bayern Munich made the move to bring in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, you could read through the lines about where it saw Dutch youngster Joshua Zirkzee in terms of development.
Rather than enter the season with the 19-year-old as the primary back-up to Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich opted to bring in a veteran option. When also looking at the club’s effort to loan Zirkzee away earlier in the summer, it is clear that Bayern Munich thinks Zirkzee needs to play — which would also provide the club a true chance to assess if he can evolve into being a competitor for a starting role in the future with the Bavarians.
Zirkzee, himself, knows that first-team field time is of the utmost importance and is not opposed to making a move to get a better opportunity.
“It is important that I play complete games,” Zirkzee said to Algemeen Dagblad (as captured by Tz). “If I can change on loan during the winter break, that could be an option.”
While he might not be happy about his lack of playing time, Zirkzee is trying to glean as much from Bayern Munich starter Robert Lewandowski as he can while with the first-team.
“He’s the best there is at the moment. He is excellent in all areas,” said Zirkzee. “I try to take as much from Lewandowski as possible and combine that with my own game.”
Sport Bild corroborated the report and also listed 1. FC Köln as a potential destination.