Bayern Munich fans have witnessed the meteoric rise of Jamal Musiala in the past two years. After getting the opportunity to feature in the first team under Hansi Flick, Musiala has not looked back. The youngster has taken his game to the next level for Bayern this season. Along with excelling at the club level, Musiala has also become the heartbeat of Germany in the final third.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder was once again the best player for Germany on Sunday. He consistently caused problems for the Spanish defense in the limited possession Germany had throughout the game. It was fitting that Musiala provided the assist for Germany’s equaliser.
Musiala’s seamless adaptation to different roles makes him one of the best young players in the world. For Germany, he has solely been the creative force in the final third. He has done well on either flank, but the youngster has been at his best when deployed behind the striker. His immaculate close control and silky dribbling create a lot of space for other players.
The former Chelsea attacking midfielder’s creativity for Germany at the World Cup has also been reflected on stats. He has created the most chances for the 2014 World Cup winners. Moreover, he has also been at the end of some good chances due to his clever movement and awareness of space in the final third.
Former PSG and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino had special praise for Musiala after the game between Germany and Spain. While covering the game for an English broadcast channel (via Daily Mail), Pochettino insisted that Musiala is one of the best young players in the world.
"“For me he is one of the best young players in the world with Gavi and Pedri. He’s a massive talent.”"
Musiala has been attracting a lot of headlines this season for his exploits at Bayern. He is currently Die Roten’s top scorer in the Bundesliga. It is astonishing to see how he seamlessly adapts to the role of creator for Germany and that of goalscorer for Die Roten. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder was used as an impact substitute in last year’s Euros, but he has taken rapid strides in 12 months to become the MVP of the German national team.
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Germany will need Musiala to maintain this good run of form if they want to qualify for the next round at World Cup 2022. The four-time World Cup winners will need to beat Costa Rica and hope Spain beats Japan to book a place in the round of 16.