Bayern Munich monitoring young defender from Everton

Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach-Pool/Getty Images)
Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach-Pool/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich reportedly joins the race to sign young defender from Everton.

Along with improving the first team consistently, Bayern Munich has up the ante in the recruitment process at the youth level. The German Champions have been signing some of the most promising young players across the globe.

The German clubs have been looking at young talented players that often don’t get chances at English clubs for different reasons. Borussia Dortmund signed Jadon Sancho from Manchester City when he was getting no playing time under Pep Guardiola in the first team, while Bayern snapped up Jamal Musiala and Bright Arrey-Mbi from Chelsea in 2019. Musiala has already been playing with the first team this season at the age of 17.

Die Roten is reportedly looking to add another impressive teenager to their ranks. According to Daily Mail, Bayern is interested in Everton’s highly-rated defender Thierry Small. The 16-year-old defender is likened to Alphonso Davies. This report also insists that along with Bayern, a host of top clubs such as Juventus, Benfica, Monaco, Arsenal, and Valencia are showing interest in the teenager.

Small is yet to make his debut for the first team at Everton, but he has regularly featured for the Merseyside Club’s U-23 and U-18 teams this season. He operates as an attacking left-back, with a very good knack for scoring goals. Mail reports that Everton is eager to keep him at the club and has already offered a three-year deal.

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Even if he moves to Bavaria in the near future, Small is likely to initially play with youth teams. However, the pathway at Die Roten has become more clear for youngsters in the past 18 months. Hansi Flick has not been afraid to throw young players into the first-team action if they train well and impress him.

Joshua Zirkzee enjoyed a terrific campaign last year as he was consistently selected in matchday squads. The Dutch forward was the first choice option when Robert Lewandowski was not available for selection. This season Zirkzee’s development has stalled a bit, but he is expected to go out on loan to become an even better player.

Davies did come for a big fee at Bayern, but he has also been slowly integrated into the first. The Canadian winger enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in the left-back position. By the end of the season, Davies was considered as one of the best full-backs in Europe.

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David Alaba is set to leave next summer, so Lucas Hernandez will move in central defense. Davies is likely to have no direct cover in the team. Considering there is likely to be an opening at the left-back position at Bayern in the future, Small can be hopeful about chances in the first team if he decides to move to Bavaria.