One of many first textual content messages Jamal Musiala acquired after he grew to become the youngest objective scorer in Bayern Munich’s historical past final season was from his old style trainer. “Congratulations Jamal, the primary of a whole lot to return!” the textual content learn. Musiala swiftly replied with a thumbs up emoji and the phrases “Thanks, sir!”
Andrew Martin, 40, is the director of Soccer at Whitgift, a fee-paying college within the south London suburb of Croydon, the place he coached Musiala for 3 years between 2013 and 2016. However to Musiala, Martin will all the time be “sir.”
“Although he is taking part in for Bayern Munich, he nonetheless calls me sir,” Martin informed DW. “That simply tells you every part it’s essential to know in regards to the lad. He is so well mannered, so respectful, and I simply wished him to know that we’re all watching his profession with curiosity and we’re all so happy with him. I am satisfied he’ll go on to attain a whole lot of objectives in his profession, whether or not that is at Bayern Munich or elsewhere.”
The possibilities look good, and the information carry on coming. In June 2020, Musiala grew to become Bayern’s youngest-ever participant within the Bundesliga, aged simply 17 years and 115 days. Ninety days later, he grew to become their youngest-ever scorer.
At Euro 2020 earlier this 12 months, he grew to become Germany’s youngest-ever participant at a significant match, approaching as an 82nd-minute substitute for Robin Gosens earlier than serving to to arrange Leon Goretzka’s decisive equalizer. One other file tumbled on Monday evening, a objective in opposition to North Macedonia making him the youngest man to attain for Germany in a aggressive sport.
Made in England, polished in Germany
Born in Stuttgart in February 2003, Musiala spent the primary seven years of his life in Fulda, a small metropolis close to Frankfurt earlier than transferring to London along with his German mom and Nigerian father. He represented England from under-15 to under-21 stage however in the end determined in February 2021 to characterize Germany — a lot to the shock of his former coach Martin.
“He grew up as a footballer at Chelsea, and there he performed with many different English gamers, so he all the time felt extra comfy taking part in for England,” he stated. “When he performed for Germany, he felt like an outsider purely as a result of he wasn’t on that circuit and he did not know any of the boys.”
He is shortly settled into life with the Nationalmannschaft although, with skilled fullback Gosens telling a press convention earlier this 12 months:
“Once I was 18, I used to be nonetheless hanging out with my associates and had nothing to do with skilled soccer. Jamal is a very nice man, very open and keen to be taught. He’s very all the way down to earth and, if issues keep it up like this, he’ll have an ideal profession.”
Die Mannschaft: Jamal Musiala (heart) indicators autographs along with his Germany teammates throughout Euro 2020
Musiala: ‘Technically excellent’
Musiala is not one to get carried away, although. He is a quiet boy whose grit and willpower to make it on the prime stage have been apparent for a very long time — however his uncooked skill as a goalscorer is what made him stand out at youth stage.
“I used to be lucky sufficient to teach Jamal for the three years he was at Whitgift,” remembers Martin, a former participant and coach for Premier League membership Crystal Palace. “When he first arrived, he was a small and slight lad, and somebody who did not strike you as having nice quantities of confidence. However as quickly as you place him on a soccer pitch he comes alive.”
That was definitely the case in his first full season for Bayern Munich, during which he scored six objectives in 27 appearances, plus his first Champions League objective in a 4-1 win away at Lazio. Someday later, he formally declared for Germany. His progress in Bavaria has continued beneath Julian Nagelsmann, with Musiala registering two objectives and two assists from 188 league minutes over six appearances this time period.
“He’s an excellent footballer and that was very apparent from an early age,” Martin stated. “He was predominantly a No. 9 and a prolific goalscorer. He would rating 50+ objectives for us a season, and he wasn’t far off that mark at Chelsea.
“Technically excellent, very skillful, and a participant who can rating all varieties of objectives, inside and outdoors the field. And he is an ideal dribbler and likes to take gamers on. He later grew to become a No.10 and has develop into as a lot of a creator as a goalscorer.
Musiala scored his first objective for Bayern on the tender age of 17 years, 6 months and 23 days in opposition to Schalke
“His all spherical demeanor units him aside, although,” Martin stated. “He was all the time immaculately dressed for college and introduced himself extraordinarily properly. And he would take that onto the soccer discipline, too: his conduct, his effort, his steely willpower. All the pieces added as much as him being the whole package deal.”
Musiala has adopted the same path to Callum Hudson-Odoi, who additionally benefited from Martin’s teaching at Whitgift and took his first steps towards knowledgeable profession with Chelsea. In contrast to Hudson-Odoi, Musiala left Chelsea after three years and joined Bayern in 2019. However Bayern have lately renewed their curiosity in Hudson-Odoi, who virtually made the transfer to Munich concurrently Musiala.
Admirers throughout Europe
“When Jamal moved to Bayern, there have been quite a few golf equipment inquisitive about him,” Martin stated. “Jamal would typically be prime scorer or participant of the match in most of the competitions he performed in with Chelsea, so naturally that attracted admiring glances from different golf equipment, together with among the finest golf equipment in Spain.
“His mom is German and he all the time saved very shut ties to Germany, going again for summer time holidays. So, when the chance got here alongside to return to Germany and play for Bayern, that was a really large issue for him. It got here as a shock to the household that he would immediately return at 17, however he has a really shut and supportive household they usually left London with Jamal and went again to Germany.”
Musiala has many admirers. His former Bayern boss is one, with Hansi Flick delighted to have him within the German arrange. “He’s already very calm in entrance of objective for his age,” the coach stated after Musiala set his newest recrod.
From Andrew Martin to Julian Nagelsmann to Hansi Flick, it seems Musiala is in secure fingers.