Southampton fans may be surprised to hear that Jamal Musiala was once on trial with the South Coast club as a youngster, before being snatched up by Chelsea, and with the 18-year-old now an established first-team player at Bayern Munich, the Saints will desperately rue not being able to keep hold of him.
Hampshire Live journalist Tom Leach revealed in a recent article that the youngster spent a short time at Southampton’s academy, reportedly scoring double figures in one game, before moving to Chelsea as his family relocated to London.
Although his time at Staplewood was brief, Southampton will definitely regret not being able to keep hold of him for the long-term, as after eight years with Chelsea he would move back to Germany – where he was born – to join Bayern Munich.
Musiala has gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular with the current Champions League holders, despite only turning 18 in late February.
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The winger has made 27 appearances in total for Hans-Dieter Flick’s side, in which he has scored four goals.
One of those goals came in the Champions League win against Lazio in February when he became the youngest English scorer in the competition’s history, although he has since pledged his international future to Germany.
Musiala’s former coach Andrew Martin was full of praise for him earlier in the season, saying:
“Technically outstanding, very skilful, and a player who can score all types of goals, inside and outside the box.”
Therefore, it is a big shame that Southampton were not able to keep hold of Musiala for longer, as he is now valued at £21.6 million by Transfermarkt, and he looks destined for a big future with Bayern Munich.