Malta Independent

Musiala heads to World Cup on fine form with Germany


One of Germany's top players at the World Cup in Qatar could easily have been in the England squad.

Bayern Munich's attacking mid‐ fielder Jamal Musiala repre‐ sented England at junior level before finally opting for Ger‐ many last year after being per‐ suaded by then‐coach Joachim Löw.

Musiala underlined his case for a starting role at the World Cup with a crucial role in Bayern's 2‐ 0 win over Schalke on Saturday.

Making his 100th appearance for the club at the age of 19, Mu‐ siala assisted both goals, one with a backheel pass to Serge Gnabry. His individual skill was on show when he dribbled past two defenders and rounded the goalkeeper, even if the goal was disallowed for offside.

Among Musiala's admirers is 1990 World Cup‐winning cap‐ tain Lothar Matthäus, who urged Bayern to put him at the heart of the team for years to come, like Barcelona did with Lionel Messi for over a decade.

Bayern coach Julian Nagels‐ mann praised Musiala's "quick and lively feet" and suggested his fast footwork sometimes made hard work look like good for‐ tune, with the youngster always seeming to be first to a rebound.

Musiala lets his game do the talking and is generally affable and modest in interviews. "It was important that we got the three points to go with a good feeling going into the World Cup break," was his take on his game‐win‐ ning show against Schalke.

Born in southwest Germany to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Musiala spent almost a decade of his childhood in Eng‐ land. He was a youth player first for Southampto­n, then Chelsea, until signing for Bayern in 2019 at the age of 16.

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