A ray of hope in Bavaria’s corona bankruptcy!
The nine (!) Corona infected during the winter break (Neuer, Coman, Davies, Hernandez, Nianzou, Richards, Sané, Tolisso, Upamecano), two injured (Goretzka, Stanisic) and two professionals playing at the Africa Cup (Choupo-Moting , Sarr) were lucky for someone else: Paul Wanner.
The 16-year-old (!) Celebrated his Bundesliga debut for the record champions on Friday evening and replaced Jamal Musiala as the youngest Bayern player of all time.
The young midfielder came on as a substitute in the 75th minute of the 2-1 defeat against Gladbach. At 16 years and 15 days, he is significantly younger than the now 18-year-old Musiala when he made his league debut at 17 years and 115 days.
In the history of the Bundesliga, only BVB star Youssoufa Moukoko (16 years, 1 day) was younger than Wanner when he made his debut.
“Paul has to stay clear in his head, then the door will be open to him,” enthuses coach Julian Nagelsmann.
And further: “If it does not stay clear in the head, the door and gate close again quickly. He’s an incredible talent. Ball-proof, brave, strong left foot, fast. The first action was, I think, a dribble on the wing against Embolo, who is not that bad physically and in terms of speed. Paul is an outstanding player, but up here (taps his forehead, editor’s note) it will be decided where the journey will go. Below he can do everything. “
In the summer of 2018, Wanner switched from FV Ravensburg to FC Bayern’s offspring.
What’s next for the championship leaders? The first pros – Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Omar Richards – can start training after their quarantine ends. “We’ll see what players will be available again against Cologne. I’m not counting on an extremely large number of returnees who are eligible for the first team, ”said Nagelsmann when looking at next Saturday.
But maybe Wanner will also get his next chance …