The latest previous and current have belonged to Bayern Munich, however the future can also be wanting promising for the file champions, who’ve set themselves up neatly for an additional decade of success with the likes of Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala and inbound defender Dayot Upamecano.
Thomas Müller and David Alaba are on the cusp of changing into probably the most adorned gamers in Bundesliga historical past with their tenth(!) league titles, taking them one away from Franck Ribery. However simply as Bayern have efficiently moved on from their seemingly inimitable Ribery and Arjen Robben period, there are numerous good the explanation why the membership’s subsequent era might be equally triumphant.
bundesliga.com seems to be at who may proceed Bayern’s legacy in years to return…
Alphonso Davies (20, two Bundesliga titles)
Davies already has two Bundesliga titles to his identify, and if he provides a 3rd within the coming weeks he will likely be two years youthful than Alaba was when he reached that very same landmark again in 2014. The Canadian prolonged his contract with the Bavarians till 2025 only a 12 months in the past and just by seeing out his present time period, he may probably attain seven Bundesliga titles. Not that he’s anticipated to go away it at that.
Watch: Davies – Bayern Munich’s two-world star
Since bursting onto the scene – fairly actually, incomes the nickname ‘the roadrunner’ from Müller – Davies has given Bayern a deadly new weapon down the left wing. The primary to confess he may nonetheless enhance defensively, exhibiting a maturity which belied his age, Davies has labored arduous on that facet of his recreation and change into more and more dependable at each ends of the pitch. Add that to Bayern’s already admirable armoury and additional titles look pre-programmed for Davies.
Jamal Musiala (18, no Bundesliga titles)
Two years youthful than Davies, Musiala – Bayern’s all-time youngest goalscorer within the Bundesliga – is on the verge of incomes his first Bundesliga title, and you’ll be both daring or barmy to guess in opposition to him choosing up many extra in his profession. If Davies’ potential for a record-breaking haul of Bundesliga titles seemed spectacular, then Musiala’s is no less than equally inspiring, particularly because the Stuttgart-born attacking midfielder seems to be more and more more likely to maintain down a daily beginning berth subsequent season. “He can dribble previous a defender within the tightest of areas,” stated Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who like many was left in awe by the younger German’s objective in opposition to Wolfsburg, by which he left Yannick Gerhardt, Maxence Lacroix and Kevin Mbabu for useless en path to beating Koen Casteels.
Watch: Müller on Musiala: “He can do magical issues”
He penned his first skilled contract solely in March, committing himself to Bayern till 2026. “What an incredible feeling!” he proclaimed because the ink dried. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and his designated successor Oliver Kahn may very well be forgiven for having an equally wonderful feeling to have secured the way forward for one of many recreation’s most gifted gamers. Along with his dazzling dribbling expertise and a mixed imaginative and prescient and anticipation that even Müller could be happy with, Bayern can count on related magic from Musiala to that which they’ve change into accustomed with Müller.
Dayot Upamecano (22, no Bundesliga titles)
Upamecano has some catching as much as do when he arrives from RB Leipzig in the summertime, however given his blistering tempo – a rarity amongst such bodily sturdy central defenders – he may shortly uncover what it’s wish to have a good time successful the Bundesliga. It’s no coincidence that Leipzig boast the meanest defence this season, conceding significantly fewer objectives than Bayern, and with the Bavarians’ assault already in probably the most dependable arms within the recreation, by strengthening their defence with Upamecano, they now have enviable choices at each ends of the sphere.
Regardless of nonetheless being simply 22, Upamecano already has 5 seasons price of expertise within the Bundesliga, throughout which he has offered the bedrock upon which Leipzig have constructed the 5 most profitable campaigns of their historical past. The France worldwide has additionally already appeared 20 occasions within the UEFA Champions League, together with one within the semi-final of Europe’s elite membership competitors. Having steadily been inside a sniff of silverware, Upamecano appears sure to develop a really feel for titles when he pulls on a Bayern shirt from subsequent season, and his youth stands him in excellent stead to want a a lot bigger trophy cupboard than any Swedish furnishings maker may design.
Chris Richards (21, one Bundesliga title)
One other member of the Bayern defence within the very close to future is at the moment honing his expertise at Hoffenheim, readying him for a return to Bavaria because the completed product – and the early indicators are he will likely be fairly some addition. Richards is ready to gather his second Bundesliga winner’s medal this season, having performed 3 times for the file champions earlier than his winter transfer to Hoffenheim, the place he has been a first-team common underneath Sebastian Hoeneß – the person who launched his profession in Bayern’s U19s.
The truth is, the three-time USA worldwide has missed only one match since shifting to Hoeneß’s aspect, with an damage forcing him out of the 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund. “I did not play an excessive amount of at Bayern, in order that’s why I got here right here and the extent is simply as massive right here,” he informed bundesliga.com. “I am actually pleased with how this mortgage’s going. I wish to be the place I’m going to play week in, week out, in order that’s simply what I am hoping for this subsequent season.” That may very well be again at Bayern, getting in pursuit of one other Bundesliga title.
Tiago Dantas (20, no Bundesliga titles)
Along with his low centre of gravity, fast turns and laser-sighted distribution, Dantas bears greater than a passing resemblance to his namesake Thiago Alcantara, who left Bayern for Liverpool final summer time after hoovering up seven Bundesliga titles, 4 DFB Cups and a UEFA Champions League for good measure. Ought to all go in keeping with plan – and Dantas has solely joined on an preliminary mortgage deal from Benfica – these are the form of statistics the Portuguese can aspire to as he seems to be to emulate Thiago each in type and success.
Though but to make the breakthrough into the Bayern first workforce, the Bavarians have excessive hopes for Tiago Dantas. – Matthias Koch/Matthias Koch/Pool
Tanguy Nianzou (18, no Bundesliga titles)
“I wish to be a frontrunner,” had been among the many first phrases Tanguy Nianzou uttered after becoming a member of Bayern from Paris Saint-Germain in summer time 2020. Such a proclamation from any person who had simply turned 17 speaks volumes concerning the confidence ranges of Bayern’s younger French defender, who’s in line to obtain his first Bundesliga title by advantage of a handful of outings in Flick’s workforce this time period. It’s this confidence that stands Nianzou in good stead to grasp that ambition and lead Bayern into the following decade.
Tanguy Nianzou is taken into account as one of the gifted younger defenders on the planet. – Philippe Ruiz by way of www.imago-images.de/imago photographs/Philippe Ruiz
With the help of compatriot Upamecano, it shouldn’t be too lengthy earlier than Nianzou is getting a daily recreation within the Bundesliga, and PSG’s former assistant coach Zsolt Löw couldn’t converse extra extremely of a participant he regards as “the largest expertise I’ve ever seen”.