With an abundance of world class talent, all of whom are household names, two future stars have made the transition from the youth set up into the Bayern Munich first team for the coming 2014/15 Bundesliga season.
Both players’ surnames will cast minds back to famous fathers who had not only played in the Bundesliga but for the German national side too.
Gianluca Gaudino and Lucas Scholl have both slipped in under the radar and will look to build on a promising season in the youth side as they look for more game time in the first team of Bayern Munich. Lucas Scholl, son of ex-great Mehmet Scholl, looks like a carbon copy of his father, as his technique and work ethic effortlessly match the former Bayern Munich midfielder.
As for Gianluca, son of Maurizio Gaudino, who is better known for his Bundesliga success with VfB Stuttgart, in 1992. Gianluca gave a promising display on his Bundesliga debut with a 2-1 win against Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena. Previously Gianluca gave a very Paul Scholes like performance in the season opener, a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.
Despite the bragging rights going to Borussia Dortmund, Gianluca put in a promising display and it was no surprise he started Friday evening.
Lucas was named on the bench but Pep Guardiola was gushing with praise for both players for a number of months. They will definitely look to play more games this season and it looks abundantly clear that they will have a major part within the side. It’s hard to believe that both players were not even born when Germany lifted the the Euro 1996 trophy at Wembley and now already have the world’s press turning heads not only in Germany but around the globe.
Given the expectancy thrust upon them coupled with the belief entrusted by Pep Guardiola shows that both players are the future for Bayern Munich. With both part of a highly technical pressing attacking side each will have that extra bit of pressure placed on both players’ shoulders at a combined age of thirty four.
But Pep will look to the settled main stays in the side to help develop and guide these new young additions as the only way is up for the new starlets. The progress within the squad seems to be following a similar trend noticed further north in the Ruhr Valley as both Schalke and Dortmund have plenty of young starlets that are also on the cusp of the first team if not already in the side.
With Javi Martinez out injured for six months of the 2013/14 season, maybe Gianluca will see his run in the side gather pace quicker than he could have possibly imagined. As he slotted into his central midfield role alongside David Alaba, he gave a mature performance that will surely have all within the club smiling from ear-to-ear.
Also with forgotten man Holger Badstuber returning to the side after an eighteen month injury lay off, the excellent centre-back will feel like a new signing for the Bavarian club as he tries to put a dreadful lengthy injury lay-off well and truly behind him. Despite being at fault for the Wolfsburg goal he will need games to get back to his former excellent self.
Another promising youngster, Dane Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, had a run at end of last season after the league title was wrapped up. A certain luxury that Guardiola had coming towards the end of the 2013/14 season, which is a premise that has now continued on into the present season already. American World Cup scorer Julian Green is another as the Bayern Munich side seem to have plenty of promising youngsters to choose from, a squad that is apparently replenishing itself from within.
With the sale of Toni Kroos to Real Madrid and no marquee monumental sum paid for any new world class player; Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt), Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund), and Juan Bernat (Valencia) the only external additions. Bayern’s motto looks to be focusing on blooding new youth players for the season ahead.
The transfer window is still in full swing so don’t be surprised if they decide to splash out on a replacement for Javi Martinez due to his lengthy injury lay off. The sale of Luis Gustavo last season, coincidentally to last Friday night’s opponents Wolfsburg, was instantly criticised after all the injuries sustained in that position, most notably with the issues that had befallen Bastian Schweinsteiger almost threatening to derail their own season.
Bayern Munich have looked from within and with a slight tinkering to the sides tactics they will look to hit the ground running and have made the best possible start in the Bundesliga. Die Roten have burst out of the blocks with a win against a decent Wolfsburg side and in true Bayern Munich fashion look to have already set the bar really high and any slight slip up will have their bitter rivals on the back foot.
As Borussia Dortmund lost at home 2-0, they already have a three point disadvantage over their bitter rivals. Very early on in the season of course but Bayern Munich will be the team to beat as they have already on paper stepped up another gear without breaking the bank. If any of the last two seasons are anything to go by, none of the other big sides can ill afford to drop points at this early stage.
Liam Cairns, Pundit Arena,