Bayern Munich teen Jamal Musiala is making quite a name for himself. After putting in yet another impressive shift, this time against RB Leipzig, the Englishman has earned high plaudits from opposition head coach Julian Naglesmann.
Musiala was brought on for an injured Javi Martinez at the 25th minute and his substitution tipped the scales in Die Roten’s favor. At the 30th minute mark, the teenager received a pass from Kingsley Coman at the center and near the edge of Die Roten Bullen box. He took a touch and with four Saxony players charging towards him, struck a right-footed curler that helped his team find the much-needed breakthrough.
“He’s a very talented man,” raves Nagelsmann. “Musiala scored a great goal and had a lot of other good actions.
Replacing Martinez and on top of that, in a top-of-the-table clash was a big ask from a 17-year-old. But he comfortably assumed his responsibilities and came through in the clutch, putting on a show particularly in the offensive department.
“He interprets the position he took over from Martínez very offensively,” Naglesmann noted, before praising the talented youngster’s glue-like ball control. “But he does it very well. He is very safe on the ball.”
Musiala’s eye-catching dribbling has grabbed the spectators’ attention from all over the world and despite his skinny stature, Naglesmann feels that his agility on the ball makes it very hard to beat him in duels.
“He doesn’t have a mega crusher body, but he is very quick on his feet and difficult to grip,” the 33-year-old manager said in the post-match conference (as noted by Sport1).
Bayern head coach Hansi Flick was also full of praise for his protégé and recognized that Musiala’s substitution helped gain his team some control in the match.
“Jamal plays freely. At first, we didn’t have that much control of the ball,” Flick said after the game. “When he came on, that changed a bit.”
The England U-21 international has been making an imposing impression in training and he is able to showcase it during the matches as well.
“He showed what he always offers in training,” Flick said.
The coach more-or-less looks to have indicated with his next statement that as of now, Musiala is the obvious choice behind Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez, and ahead of newcomer Marc Roca in the pecking order — “Therefore it wasn’t much of a thought for us to throw him in and bring him on for Javi.”
Currently seen as one of the brightest prospects in Europe, Musiala was picked from Chelsea academy by Bavarian scouts in the summer of 2019. He is being touted as the successor of club legend Thomas Muller and based on his recent performances, sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić must be surely working on offering a professional contract to the Stuttgart-native.
The Reds’ scouting department has found a real gem and Leipzig’s head coach ended his presser by stating that Bayern are set to experience great moments with Musiala in the future.
“The Bavarians will have some very nice experiences with him there,” Naglesmann concluded.