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Talent Scout – Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

Born in Germany, raised in England, and with representation already for both countries at youth level. Jamal Musiala is being courted by both nations, his talent obvious to every scout at a very early age.

2020 was the breakthrough year for Musiala, and he’s already showing more than a few flashes of the kind of player Bayern Munich have on their hands. Whatever nation he decides to represent at senior level, he will transform the way they play.

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Playing Style

Musiala plays mainly as a number 10, receiving the ball around the penalty area and creating chances. But he’s also been deployed on the left side of the attack and can play across the midfield.

At 6 feet (183cm) tall with a slight frame, Musiala is remarkably agile. His threat lies in his ability to receive the ball, turn at pace, and beat his man. This creates space either to shoot or release a team-mate. In full flow he’s difficult to stop, able to weave in and out of players with quick feet and one-twos.

Jamal Musiela leads the way for the Bundesliga’s young stars (courtesy of Bundesliga YouTube channel)

His style has been compared to Englishman Dele Alli with his balance and poise on the ball. His slight frame isn’t hindering his play at all. But if Musiala was to gain physicality in the coming years, he’d be a very real handful for defences.

Career so far

Born in Stuttgart in February 2003 to a Nigerian father and a German mother, his family moved to England when he was 7. The talent of Jamal Musiala stood out at Chelsea where he joined soon after the move, and when Bayern came to scout in 2019 he was soon heading back to Germany.

The COVID-disrupted 2019-20 season saw Musiala really given a chance to develop. He made his Bundesliga debut against Freiburg in June 2020, becoming the youngest player to feature for Bayern in the competition. He also became Bayern’s youngest goalscorer in September of the same year.

He’s represented England at U-15, U-16, U-17 and recently at U-21 level. He also wore the colours of Germany U-16s, but his allegiance seems likely to be with England. He’s reportedly good friends with Dortmund’s own English talent, Jude Bellingham,

What they say

“Everyone can see that he has enormous quality on the ball. He’s very confident and cheeky. But he needs to improve his physical robustness and still has a long way to go. He’s currently ahead of our other youth players.”

Bayern coach Hansi Flick on Musiala.

“When a 17-year-old comes on, the demands on someone as talented as him are as high as they are for any other player. Jamal had some great moments today. In some situations you could still see his inexperience. He can work on that over time, but overall I’m very happy with him.”

Bayern’s Thomas Muller speaking after a Musiala goal off the bench against RB Leipzig.

“You can see that physically he’s not finished. He’s going to be a brute of a man. His brain and his feet are the most impressive, he’s razor-sharp. We’re really pleased with him to step up the way he has done.”

England U-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd after Musiala scored on his full debut for the team.
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