Jann-Fiete Arp is the latest winner of our Twitter poll looking at some of the best hidden gems in the Bundesliga.
The young forward signed for Bayern Munich from Hamburg last summer and turned 20 in January but is still looking to break through at the Allianz Arena.
Arp was a phenomenon for Germany at Under-17 level, scoring 18 times in 19 internationals, including seven at the 2017 U17 World Cup where he helped his country reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Spain on penalties.
That saw him finish as the U17 Gold Medal winner for the Fritz Walter Medal in 2017, beating Werder Bremen’s Manuel Mbom and Bayern Munich’s Lars Lukas Mai.
In 2017-18, he also made his senior debut for Hamburg, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to play in the Bundesliga and later the first player born in the 00s to score a goal in Germany’s top flight. He scored twice in the Bundesliga during that campaign, but Hamburg were relegated to the second tier.
Arp scored just one goal in the 2. Bundesliga in 2018-19, but despite that low return, he was regularly linked with a move to Bayern Munich and the German giants decided to make that deal official in February 2019, confirming he would join in the summer.
Many expected the teenager to be loaned out to gain more first-team experience but Bayern saw him as the perfect backup to Robert Lewandowski, while he could also learn to become a more complete striker from watching the world-class Pole in training every day.
However, despite all the promise and potential, Arp has still not made his Bayern Munich debut. He was included on the bench in September for a trip to RB Leipzig, but suffered back-to-back arm injuries to rule him out until the new year.
Since turning 20, he has been building up his fitness with Bayern Munich II in the 3 Liga and scored in both his starts since injury. That earned him a place on the bench for the DFB-Pokal quarter-final with Schalke and Bayern fans are hopeful he can finally make his debut once football resumes.
Bundesliga clubs are now back in training and the DFL is hopeful that the league can resume in May when Arp could finally get his chance to line out at the Allianz Arena in a competitive game.
Hansi Flick has now been appointed Bayern Munich’s permanent head coach until 2023 and has shown a desire to play youth players such as Joshua Zirkzee and Alphonso Davies. Flick believes that the right mentality will help players like Arp break into the side.
“They need to have talent, mentality and attitude,” Flick told Sport1. “The overall package has to be right. If it is, then there’s a high probability that they’ll make it.”
Arp has the raw talent and the right attitude to succeed at Bayern Munich. The only thing he’s missing is the fourth aspect Flick points out: “They also need to have a little bit of luck.”
If he can stay fit, expect Arp to get some game-time for the Bavarians when football returns and Bayern can start to build their Lewandowski successor.