The Young Guns
With most of pre-season gone, FC Bayern Munchen have published a report of their 14 of their most promising talent on their official website, all written by manager David Beckham
and his team of coaches.
Young goalie Seyhmus Seckin
is German and of Turkish descent - meaning he is eligible to play for both national teams. The 16-year-old graduated from Bayern's academy in 2017 and has been playing in the Under-19s since. He was first-choice goalkeeper for the reserves team, FC Bayern Munchen II last season and kept 8 clean sheets in 23 appearances. He indeed has a bright future if he can fulfill his potential.
One of Beckham's first signings for Bayern Munich, Rodrigo Borges
impressed playing for FC Bayern Munchen II the previous season after being signed in January, and is set to be called up to the first team this season. The Portuguese right-back has been handed the squad number 31, and is expected to play backup to Philipp Lahm.
Fresh out of Bayern's academy, Kneissl joined the Under-19s team last season. Kneissl is a left-back and at the age of 15, still has a long career ahead of him. The coaches at Bayern are very pleased with him and if he keeps up what he's doing, by the peak of his career he will have become one of the best left-backs in the Bundesliga.
Juan Antonio Canovas
Signed from Liga Adelante side Murcia in 2017, Juan Antonio Canovas
has been playing for the Under-19s team. The Spanish right winger is going from strength to strength and a call up to the Spain Under-19s is expected to be soon.
Another local talent, 19-year-old Johannes Brunner
graduated from the Bayern academy in 2014 and immediately managed to win a place in Bayern Munich II. Although he failed to impress in his early years, Brunner scored 20 goals in 30 appearances for the Munchen reserves side. No doubt Beckham is very happy with his progress and although there are almost an unlimited amount of striking options at Bayern, there could still be a chance for Brunner to force his way into the first team this season.
Signed from CS Sedan Ardennes last season in January, Jeandy Besnard
was immediately tossed into Bayern Munich II and impressed, scoring 11 goals and notching 9 assists in 23 appearances. If all goes well, the Frenchman will be a very important player for both Bayern and France in the years to come.
, a Frenchman like Jeandy Besnard, signed on from CS Louhanx-Cuiseaux last season as well, and although not impressing as much as Besnard, still managed to notch up 6 assists for the Bayern II team in 16 appearances.
The 19-year-old German has already got his first taste of first team action last season. Jacob Glibo
was brought in from fellow German side Stuttgart in 2014 and managed to score 8 goals in 35 appearances from Bayern II in his first season. The arrival of Beckham last November signaled a jump to the first team and Glibo eventually made his first 11 appearances for the Bayern first team, impressing in most of the matches. The rising star is expected to continue to play a small first team role this season again.
Migrating to Germany from Spain at an early age, Federico
joined the Bayern academy and eventually graduated along with Lucas Kneissl in March. The 15-year-old Spaniard has been playing for the Under-19s team and has impressed in defense. A call up to the Bayern II squad beckons.
An Italian defender, Eros Baldini
was signed from Atlanta last summer and is an established Italy Under-21 international. German pundits tipped the teenager to be in the first team very soon but as of now, Baldini has yet to make a full appearance. Still, he is held in high regard by Beckham and will play a role of some sort in the first team this season.
Although he managed to make 3 first-team appearances under David Beckham last season as well as scoring his first 2 goals for Bayern Munich against Burghausen in the DFB Pokal, Dawid Kozlowski
is expected to be relegated back to Bayern Munich II this season, for whom he has made 17 appearances and scored 6 goals.
Of dual Nigerian and German descent, Collins Cole
is a very promising central defender, having graduated from Bayern's academy two years ago. He was sent on loan to Sandhausen in the 3. Fußball-Liga and he impressed duly in his 36 appearances. Although still 16 and unable to make an appearance in the Bundesliga, Cole's debut is expected to come sometime soon.
The most talented of them all, is 19-year-old striker Bahri Tuna
. After being brought to Bayern Munich from 2.Bundesliga side Ingolstadt in 2013, Tuna immediately made an impact at Bayern II scoring 7 goals in 8 appearances. He was soon called up to the senior squad by Antonio Conte where he continued to deliver with 5 goals in 6 appearances - and Aston Villa, at the time managed by current Bayern boss Beckham, enquired about his services, although a move never materialized. Tuna was sent on loan to Milan last season, and made 19 appearances for the Italian giants in mainly an attacking midfield position. Fresh from his time in the Serie A, Tuna is ready to be back in the first team at Bayern and Beckham is also ready to give him that chance.