What impact can Jamal Musiala make for Germany at the European Championships this summer?
Jamal Musiala training with German national team photo by DeFodi Images

While many people may be surprised by the inclusion it shows that the manager has tremendous faith in the youngster and believes he has the potential to play a key role for his country this summer.

However, had things gone differently Jamal Musiala could’ve ended up representing England due to his dual nationality status. 

Despite being born in Stuttgart Musiala moved and lived in England for most of his childhood where he was part of the Chelsea Academy. Before making the brave decision to move to Bayern Munich when he was 16 years old.

Musiala represented both England and Germany at youth level, and in November 2020 Aidy Boothroyd called him up for the England U21s to play in the U21 European championship.

All the indications were that he would pick to play for England however, after a personal conversation with Joachim Löw much to the delight of German fans he decided to play for Germany and made his international debut on the 25th of March as Germany beat Iceland three-nil in a 2022 world cup qualifying match.

This season 

Musiala made his professional debut for Bayern's second team Bayern Munich II in the third division on the 3rd of June 2020 as a substitute and impressed so much that barely 17 days later he made his debut in the Bundesliga for Bayern becoming the youngest ever player to play for Bayern in the Bundesliga at just 17 years old.

3 months later Musiala broke another record as he scored in an 8-0 rout against Schalke to become the youngest ever scorer for Bayern breaking the record previously held by club legend Roque Santa Cruz.

But by far the biggest achievement of his young career so far came in February when he scored his first champions league goal against Lazio to become the competition's youngest scorer of both English and German nationalities.

In his first full proper season, he finished with a total of seven goals and one assist which put him just three goals short of equaling Serg Gnabry who netted ten. As a result of his brilliant performance this season, on the 5th of march Bayern offered him his first professional contract which runs until 2026.

His current market value is roughly £34.2 million according to transfermarkt, but if he continues to perform at club level by the time he's 20 his value might have doubled or even tripled.

Attributes

Musiala's favourite position is no 10 just behind Robert Lewandowski for Bayern however he has also played on the right of a 4-2-3-1 because Bayern has an abundance of talented midfielders who also like to play number 10 such as Thomas Muller.

 

Although he is not blessed with pace compared to other players for Bayern such as  Gnabry or Kingsley Coman, he is much more technically gifted and glides around the pitch picking passes never seeming to be rushed into a decision or making a mistake.

He has a good eye for goal as he has demonstrated this season. He also crucially shows great maturity for his age and is a hardworking player for his team.

Impact for Germany at the Euros

Musiala will be hoping to get some minutes and experience on the pitch for his country this summer.

Germany will more than Likely start 3-4-3 which means that if Musiala is involved, it will likely be either on the left or right of the front three because Germany has players like Leon Goretzka, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan, Florian Neuhaus, and Joshua Kimmich all fighting for a spot in midfield.

However the chances are Musiala won't start in the front 3 either because he competing with players like Muller, Kai Havertz, Gnabry, and Timo Werner.

As a result, many people and fans should expect that if Musiala plays he will more than likely come on as a sub.

But if he impresses in training who knows because after all, football fans love to see a homegrown talent play in big matches.

 

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