As Bayern Munich begin training ahead of Julian Nagelsmann’s first season in charge of the club, the young head coach is having to rely on a squad heavy in players from Bayern’s youth teams due to the recent European Championship. It’s very likely that these players will be with the first team for the entire month of July, as the bulk of Bayern’s regulars get a much-needed vacation.
Let’s take a look at the nine players who will be training (and very likely playing in the preseason friendlies) with the first team this summer.
Schenk just extended his deal with Bayern through the 2023/2024 season. At only 18-years-old, it’s very likely that he will spend the majority of this season with Bayern’s U-19 team. It’s hard to tell exactly what the plan with Bayern II will be at the goalkeeper position with Ron-Thorben Hoffmann, Christian Früchtl, and Lukas Schneller at the position.
Vita joined Bayern II from Ligue 2 side Troyes last summer and immediately became the starting left back for the club. He made 25 appearances (22 starts) last season in the third division. The 20-year-old will almost certainly be the starter this season in the 3.Liga. As for first team appearances, it’s hard to see a non-catastrophic reason for Nagelsmann to need Vita with Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, and Omar Richards available.
Stanisic recently signed a professional contract keeping him in Munich through 2023. The 21-year-old is right back who can also play as a left back, as seen last season when Hansi Flick gave him a start at left back in the Bundesliga. Stanisic has grown into being a regular starter for Bayern II in the 3.Liga, picking up 42 appearances (29 starts) in the last two seasons. It’s likely that Stanisic will be the starting right back for Bayern II this season and could find himself making the bench with the first team on a few occasions this season.
Lawrence is another big-time center-back prospect in Munich. Last season, he stepped into the void at center-back for Bayern II following the loans of Lars Lukas Mai (Darmstadt) and Chris Richards (Hoffenheim). The 18-year-old recently extended his contract with Bayern through the summer of 2024. I would suspect you’ll see Lawrence play for Bayern II in the Regionalliga this season to help them try to return back to the 3.Liga, but he’ll likely be out on loan when the 2022/23 season comes around to the 2.Bundesliga.
Booth was struggling for playing time in the 3.Liga under Holger Seitz last season and went on loan St. Pölten in the Austrian Bundesliga. Booth proved himself capable, scoring three goals in seventeen appearances despite the club’s relegation. Having proved himself at a level above the Regionalliga Bayern, it is interesting to see what happens with Booth this year. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if we see him loaned out again this season; however, he’s on the final year of his contract, so if he’s not extended, a sale could be in order.
Rhein is considered one of the absolute gems in the current Bayern youth structure. The club has been bringing the midfielder along slowly, letting him grow into the various teams before just throwing him into the fire. Last season, the 18-year-old moved into the Bayern II squad, picking up nine starts late in the campaign. It will be interesting to see if Nagelsmann leaves him with Bayern II for the full season or if he gives him a few appearances with the senior team. Rhein is definitely one to keep your eye on.
Scott suited up for Bayern’s first team, Bayern II, and the U-19s last season, and it won’t be surprising to see him playing under both the first and second teams this season. Scott has been rumored as a potential candidate at right back by Julian Nagelsmann. Scott played in 24 matches for Bayern II last season in the midfield. He’s a dynamic player who could prove himself versatile enough to snag a spot getting first team minutes this season.
Tillman made the leap from the club’s U-19 team to Bayern II during the 2019/2020 season. He scored five goals in eight appearances, helping the club lift the championship. Unfortunately for Tillman (and for Bayern II), he ruptured his ACL in just the third game of the season. Tillman will spend the full campaign with Bayern II in the Regionalliga Bayern with, at best, spot appearances in the first team squad if necessary.
Sieb joined Bayern last summer from Hoffenheim and was set to join the club’s U-19 side. After some good appearances, Sieb found himself making a substitute appearance against FC Düren in the DFB Pokal. In doing so, Sieb became the third youngest Bayern player to ever appear in the Pokal after David Alaba and Jamal Musiala. Unfortunately, he was injured in the match and out until December. As 2021 got underway, Sieb joined Bayern II full time. At only 18 years old, you can expect to see Sieb spend the majority of the season with Bayern II; however, it’s not out of the question that we’ll see Sieb make some appearances with the first team this season.