Timothy Tillman: Bayern Munich’s young midfield superstar

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The highly-rated youngster is tipped to have a bright future and become a main man for Carlo Anchelotti’s side in the future, writes Sam May.

Tillman, 18, who has dual nationality with both Germany and the United States, has scored four goals and made three assists so far this season. It is understood Bayern Munich turned down an approach last month from Barcelona for the attacking midfielder who can also play in a holding role and on the wing.

The Catalan giants are said to have been keen to lure the talented Germany under-18 to the Camp Nou and fast track him to the first-team by 2020. Bayern were quick to reject approaches from the La Liga side, as they believe the player will become a huge hit in Bavaria.

He was signed from Greuther Furth in 2015 for €500,000, and has shone for Bayern’s under-19 side. He was given game time by Carlo Anchelotti in the summer playing 45 minutes in the International Champions Cup.

Looking to take on defenders, he is good with the ball at his feet and is an inherently positive player all round. His faints and shimmies also means he can create avenues and take on players with ease. He also works tirelessly. There is no question, he will be a regular at the Allianz Arena if he sticks with the German champions.

At the moment Bayern have a number of players such as Arjen Robben, Frank Ribéry, Rafinha, Thomas Müller, Juan Bernat and Kingsley Coman, who can all play out wide, so chances at this stage will be very limited.

He will continue to play in the under-19s and feature in the UEFA Youth League. If he isn’t fast tracked into the first-team sooner, expect the big boys to come calling once more, for this bright young player.

Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, as well as Barcelona have been linked with the youngster.

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