When Bayern Munich brought Jamal Musiala over to Germany from Chelsea, it did not take the coaching very long to see that the kid was a big talent.
“He brought his weapons onto the pitch impressively quickly,” said Danny Schwarz, a Bayern Munich campus who is now one of the two trainers at the helm of Bayern Munich II (per Goal). “He leaves his marker behind with just one turn and is able to create new situations. He can dribble around several players without any problems. He’s a street footballer. He doesn’t say to himself: ‘Now I’m going to do two stepovers and then I’ll move the ball to the left with his foot. He does it intuitively. I have only very rarely seen that in a player. That’s a gift, you can’t train that.”
Schwarz, though, indicated that Musiala needed to learn the importance of tracking back when he experienced a failure offensively.
“Miro [Klose], Micho [Demichelis] and I put the focus on his defensive game. We said: ‘Try your game up front, trust your instincts. And if you lose the ball 100 times, then you lose the ball 100 times. But if you stand still after losing the ball instead of working back, we will have problems,” says Schwarz.
It was not just Schwarz and the other coaches who could identify Musiala’s skill-set, though. Musiala’s current teammates know the 18-year-old is a phenom.
“Jamal is amazingly good for his age,” said Joshua Kimmich, while Manuel Neuer stated that, “The boy is an important part of our team.”
Interestingly, Kimmich has taken Musiala under his wing and wants him to do some extra training in the weight room. The lanky teenager has plenty of room to grow in terms of muscle.
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