There are few nations in the world better at producing top talent across the history of football than Germany, and while one may be tempted to rattle off a list of names that will continue to stand the test of time, those players have done enough to leave their mark to the point where they need not be discussed.
One player that could be on a similar path is Jamal Musiala, and according to Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, he is already etching his name into stone.
The former 1.FC Nürnberg and Borussia Dortmund standout and current Man City star took to social media to answer fan questions ahead of the 2022-23 Premier League season, and when asked who he felt the biggest German talent was in world football at current, his answer may have come as a bit of a shock...but only to those who have not given Musiala his due.
Despite being at just the tender age of 19, the Stuttgart-born Musiala has been a fixture in the senior setup at German giants Bayern Munich for the last two seasons after rising through the youth ranks in Bavaria in the wake of being prized away from Chelsea’s Cobham pipeline.
Across the last two seasons, Musiala has made 78 appearances for the Rekordmeister, but it was last term during the 2021-22 campaign in the Bundesliga where Musiala truly turned heads outside of Germany’s borders when he logged heavy minutes under Julian Nagelsmann while being a trusted asset in various tactical roles at the Allianz Arena.
And this season has already started with a bang for the German international after he put in a man of the match performance against RB Leipzig during Bayern’s 5-3 DFL Super Cup win last weekend to kick off football in Germany this season while being heralded by new signing Sadio Mané when hostilities concluded.
Musiala logged 60-minutes against the Saxony side while chipping in a goal and an assist while being deployed on the left flank as part of a front-four that also included Mané as well as Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry.
Though other bright german talents the likes of Kai Havertz, Florian Wirtz, Karim Adeyemi, and Nico Schlotterbeck all deserve mention, Musiala - who could have plied his trade for England in an alternate universe - looks ready to jump to the next level as a key piece of the puzzle at Bayern this season that could lead him to earning a vital place in Hansi Flick’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.