Bayern Munich phenom Jamal Musiala might be an attacking midfielder by trade, but he has also been the squad’s best winger since last January.
Hansi Flick might have been the first to use him at that position (professionally), but now Julian Nagelsmann is seeing that the Germany international has the capability to impact games with his dribbling, passing, vision, and scoring from wing.
Is he a finished product out on the flank? Not by a longshot, but he is proving that he is the best option on the squad each and every time he takes the pitch. While Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry have all suffered through bouts with inconsistency, Musiala has emerged as the group’s best player.
More, Coman is involved in some contentious negotiations with Bayern Munich and wants to be paid among the top players on the squad. The Frenchman’s talent is undeniable, but his injury history and rollercoaster ride of performances over the years should give the Bavarians at least some hesitancy before inking Coman to a mega-deal.
With Musiala showing his prowess, it should give Bayern an incentive to sell Coman next summer as he enters the final year of his contract.
But does that mean that Bayern Munich will have to go back to the drawing board to find an eventual successor to Thomas Müller?
Nope. The Raumdeuter seems to have at least a couple of good years left in his legs and with 15-year-old phenom Arijon Ibrahimovic as a potential “attacking midfielder of the future”, the Bavarians could alter their view of Musiala and instead think of him as the “next Franck Ribery” instead of the “next Thomas Müller.”
And that doesn’t count Bayern Munich’s rumored intertest in Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Florian Wirtz or longtime links to players like Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who could also fill the role.
That is conversation for another time, however. Right now, Bayern Munich just needs to ride the coattails of the hottest winger on the roster — and that is Jamal Musiala.