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Is Bayern Munich’s next generation already waiting in the wings?

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All of a sudden, the campus has a few gems worthy of consideration to breakthrough in the next two-to-three years.

FC Bayern München v 1. FC Köln - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

One of the biggest laments of any Bayern Munich fan is how few campus players eventually breakthrough with the senior team.

Things have gotten so dire that Angelo Stiller preemptively bolted from the club rather than face another season of rejection.

Whether the issue is that the campus is not producing talent or that it is too hard for the campus talent to make the senior team, one thing the Bavarians have developed is a problem.

There is hope, however, and perhaps even some cause for excitement. Let’s take a look at five players who might be a good reason to think good things could be emerging from the campus relatively soon:

  • Arijon Ibrahimovic: The 15-year-old the phenom is already practicing with the first team and seems to be on a fast trajectory to reaching the first team. Will be he get caught up in a numbers game or will he be the “10” of the next generation?
  • Christopher Scott: Scott was a bit out of sorts before getting injured against FC Köln, but Julian Nagelsmann has plans to convert him into a dive-bombing right back. Can the 19-year-old talent make the switch? Now is the perfect time to experiment for the youngster.
  • Torben Rhein: Like Ibrahimovic, Rhein is considered one of the top overall prospects on the campus and showed his prowess against FC Köln. The 18-year-old prefers to play the “8” and could be on his way to filling the role of back-up to Leon Goretzka. While different types of players, Rhein has shown the ability to handle pressure and help facilitate within the offense.
  • Taylor Booth: Another midfielder, Booth is already considered “too good” by some to play in the Regionalliga. It appears that his immediate future could be tied to another loan assignment. Another “8”, the 20-year-old could be competing with Rhein or could be another depth piece for Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Armindo Sieb: Of all of the players who competed against FC Köln, Sieb was the one who most played with the urgency and hunger of an athlete competing for a job. With Kingsley Coman’s future uncertain, the 18-year-old could be in line to make the first-team roster in the 2022/2023 season as the squad’s fourth wing behind Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala should Coman actually leave.