When Bayern Munich went after Callum Hudson-Odoi in the winter of 2019, no one could have anticipated the repercussions that would follow. One underrated aspect of the transfer saga is only now becoming apparent: it allowed the Bavarians to nab one of Chelsea’s other top youth talents from right under their noses. For free, no less.
So who’s the teenage sensation sweeping the nation? It’s none other than 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, who signed for Bayern in the summer of 2019. The youngster has been earning rave reviews for his performances as of late, which includes a scintillating goal in Bayern’s 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig on Saturday that impressed Julian Nagelsmann.
In a collaborative article with Spox, Chelsea expert Nizaar Kinsella explained how the deal went through:
“Everyone at Chelsea knew how good Musiala was. He played in their youth academy for eight years and was well on his way to going pro — like Hudson-Odoi.”
“They [Bayern] scouted him very well and offered him a very good contract. They were very shrewd, very fast — Musiala then was of the opinion that he could develop better in Germany and mature into a pro more quickly.”
“Chelsea has the best academy in England, so scouts from Germany constantly come here. And many players see the Bundesliga now as a good stop to take the next steps in their career.”
Musiala was clearly right about his career trajectory, since he’s now getting semi-regular minutes AS A TEENAGER at the best club in the world. With mentors like Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, and Joshua Kimmich on the team, the youngster is in safe hands to continue his growth and reach his potential.
But where does Callum Hudson-Odoi come into this? Well, even after the long-winded CHO saga, Hasan Salihamidzic kept in touch with Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Callum’s older brother and agent, to inquire about Musiala. That link ultimately helped pave the way to Musiala’s arrival in Germany, where he currently plies his trade.
Brexit might have also played a role in the player’s decision, on account of his parents. Musiala’s mother is German and his father is Nigerian. He was born in Stuttgart and grew up in Fulda, where his mother was studying. With the UK set to leave the EU without anything resembling a trade deal, the family apparently saw the writing on the wall and got him out off the island sooner rather than later.
If Musiala continues on his current trajectory, Chelsea will rue the day they let him slip out of their grasp. This was another masterstroke by Brazzo and the Bayern bosses. Jamal has a bright future ahead of him after his lightning start.