Who Is Joshua Zirkzee, The Striker Who Rescued Bayern Twice?
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Who Is Joshua Zirkzee, The Striker Who Rescued Bayern Twice?

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

On Saturday, during Bayern Munich's final game of 2019, the German champions were struggling a resolute Wolfsburg backline that was proving difficult to break down when Bayern coach, Hansi Flick, decided to bring on youth striker, Joshua Zirkzee.

The coach tried and give the Wolves a different kind of problem. Zirkzee replaced Brazilian star, Philippe Coutinho, just as he did on Wednesday against Freiburg and as was the case in that game, the teenager scored moments later to give the Bavarians the lead.

The youngster made headlines again, only three days after he was announced as Matchday 16's Man of the Match.

So, here, we take an in-depth look at the 18-year-old Dutch youth international with five things you probably didn't know about him.

Dutch youth international, eligible to play for Nigeria

Born to Nigerian parents in the Netherlands, Zirkzee has represented the Dutch national team at almost all youth levels but he is still eligible to play for Nigeria, having not represented the Senior Dutch team.

Zirkzee had trials with Premier League side, Everton

While the pacy 6'4'' tall striker is one of the most promising talents in the Bavarian's youth set up, he could have ended up in the Premier League with Everton.

The pacy and powerful youngster had trials with the Merseysiders as a 16-year-old in 2017 but eventually chose Bayern ahead of the Toffees.

He loves a debut

His Bundesliga goal at the Schwarzwald-Stadion against Freiburg on Wednesday might have come as a surprise to some, but Zirkzee has already shown a habit of finding the back of the net in his debuts.

The Schiedam-born star scored a hat-trick for Bayern in his U-23 team debut and then netted a winning goal for their under-19s the next day. He also scored in his unofficial debut for the senior side in a pre-season friendly against PSG in 2018.

He is Bayern's third-youngest Bundesliga goalscorer

Zirkzee became Bayern's third youngest goalscorer when he came off the bench to score with his first touch against Freiburg.

He is only behind Roque Santa Cruz (18 years and 12 days) and Alfonso Davis (18 years, and 135 days).

He is Bayern's fifth Dutch goalscorer

The team has had some great Dutch internationals which include goal machines, Arjen Robben and Roy Makaay, who both netted more than 100 times for the Bundesliga record champions.

Zirkzee has also joined Mark van Bommel and Jan Wouters as the other Dutch players who have seen their name go up in lights for the club.

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