It would be hard to deny that Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala is not opening many eyes globally with his skillful play. The 17-year-old’s performances have impressed many, including UEFA.com, which listed Musiala on its ’50 to watch’ list.
Below is the excerpt that UEFA used in their roster summary:
Jamal Musiala (ENG, 17 – Bayern): England Under-21 player, Musiala is a German-born attacking midfielder who grew up in London. He joined Bayern from Chelsea and has already made a few appearances and even scored a handful of goals. Bayern legend Lothar Matthäus said: “Sometimes he plays number 6, sometimes number 8 or number 10.”
Other notable players listed include the following athletes (along with their respective recaps):
Tyler Adams (USA, 20 – RB Leizpig): A product of the New York Red Bulls academy, Adams is an increasingly central figure in Leipzig, as he announced himself with a spectacular late win against Atlético in the quarter-finals of last season’s UEFA Champions League.
Jude Bellingham (ENG, 17 – Borussia Dortmund): His hometown club, Birmingham City, retired the number 22 jersey in his honor when he left at 17. He has already made an impact in Dortmund, becoming the youngest English player to participate in the UEFA Champions League and made his international debut; has made comparisons with Patrick Vieira.
Joško Gvardiol (CRO, 18 – Dinamo Zagreb, on loan from RB Leipzig): Gvardiol meets all the requirements for a modern center-back; fast, strong, with the ability to play from behind. Helped Dinamo concede a single goal in the UEFA Europa League group stage; joins Leipzig at the end of the season for a record fee for a Croatian teenager.
Boubacar Kamara (FRA, 21 – Olympique de Marseille): He joined Marseille when he was five years old and was captain of many of the club’s academy teams. He made his professional debut at age 17 and is now a regular in center defense or in midfield.
Youssoufa Moukoko (Germany, 16 – Borussia Dortmund): the youngest player in the UEFA Champions League after his debut on matchday 6 at just 16 years and eighteen days, Moukoko is also the youngest player and scorer in Bundesliga history .
Malick Thiaw (FIN, 19 – Schalke 04): The tall, flexible and fast 19-year-old’s progress has been compared to the early days of Liverpool’s Joël Matip.
Florian Wirtz (Germany, 17 – Leverkusen): Already a regular owner of the pioneers in the Bundesliga, Wirtz is a trendy property. He can dribble, beat an opponent with ease, pick his teammates with excellent distribution, and has a keen eye for goal from distance. You can play anywhere down the line behind a striker or in a deeper playmaker role.