Bayern's Next Superstar: Fedele Lenti
is a 20-year-old central defender who currently turns out for the Bayern Munich first team.
The Italian-born teenager moved to England as a child, thus giving him dual nationalities of English and Italian.
Here in FCB TV's next edition of Bayern's Next Superstar
, we will take a look at Lenti and his footballing career so far.
Lenti's family moved to London from Tirano, Italy in 2005, when Lenti was 6 years old. His footballing talents were recognized by his parents and he was soon allowed to join the footballing academy of Chelsea. However, he was marked by the youth coaches to be "too unfit" to engage in the professional game.
Refusing to give up, Lenti next joined Queens Park Rangers, where he was also soon released and told to "give up". Fortunately, he didn't.
The Fulham academy came next. The coaches here were much nicer, and Lenti was given multiple opportunities to showcase his skills. As his time in the academy passed, his skills as a footballer grew - until he was called up to the Fulham Under-18s squad in 2014.
In the Under-18s, Lenti set out to prove himself, making sure he was the best player in the squad. His efforts and skill was soon recognized, but before the manager Gareth Southgate
put him in the first team, he decided to give Lenti one last trial - by farming the youngster on loan to Tranmere Rovers, to see what he could do in the lower leagues.
Despite making only 5 appearances in the League One within 6 months and suffering a torrid time at Tranmere, Lenti was eventually handed his Fulham debut, and went on to make 19 league appearances in the Championship.
In the next season, Lenti broke into the first-team, winning the role of first-choice defender, making 44 appearances as he formed the basis of Fulham's rock-solid defense hailed by the rest of the Championship clubs. His performances eventually helped the Cottagers gain promotion to the Premier League, and Lenti gained fame as "the next hotshot in England".
After making 2 appearances in the Premier League for Fulham and winning his first England cap, Lenti was on his way. On deadline day, 31st August 2018, Fulham announced that Lenti had become their newest record signing, with Bayern Munich paying 18 million for his services.
The 20-year-old's career at the Allianz Arena has only served to further blossom.
Being little more than a rotation player in his first year, Lenti lived in the shadow of the superb Siyanda Xulu
pairing, and only played 24 times in the Bundesliga. But in these 24 games, he had impressed David Beckham
Fast forward to this season, and Lenti has now started Bayern's first 7 Bundesliga games, alongside Siyanda Xulu. He is also slowly working his way up the England ladder, having already won 9 caps so far. With Ryan Shawcross
beginning to show signs of age, Lenti is tipped to be Phil Jones
' next partner in the central defense of the Three Lions.
Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers indeed missed out.