Three months before the World Cup in Qatar, every match counts for French internationals and potential members of Didier Deschamps’ list. And this weekend, it was Mathys Tel who took the handset. After appearing at Stade Rennes and being transferred to Bayern Munich, the 17-year-old striker broke a new record by scoring his first goal with the Bavarians. Enough to envisage a pretty destiny for hope, whether in Germany or with France.
A run forward to reach the penalty area, a center back from Alphonso Davies to put him in the best possible condition and a serene strike from the left to deceive Florian Müller: these are the three steps necessary for Mathys Tel to score both the history of Bayern Munich and his very first goal with the Bavarians, in the league. Against Stuttgart this Saturday, on the occasion of the sixth day of the Bundesliga, the former Stade Rennes recruited for nearly 30 million euros thus found the net by opening the score at the half-hour mark.
Not enough to offer victory to his team, who conceded the draw due to a penalty from Serhou Guirassy conceded in added time, but enough to set a major record: aged 17 years and 136 days, the striker became the youngest scorer in the history of his club in the league (ahead of Jamal Musiala, 17 years and 205 days). After having already been the youngest in the history of his club to be established in this same competition. And after having already been the youngest of his club to score in the cup. It was August 31, 2022 for a personal feat against Viktoria Cologne, for a great success (5-0) and an easy qualification. There is worse, as the start of the German adventure.
Easier at Bayern Munich than at Stade Rennes
Never tenured among professionals and never a scorer either when he was still playing in Brittany, Tel is therefore already doing better than in France when he crossed the borders barely a month and a half ago. Which did not fail to make Hasan Salihamidžić react, the sporting director not going overboard to describe his satisfaction about his nugget at Sport 1: “He is 17 years old, but he has qualities that few people have in the world. In my opinion, he is the best talent in Europe in this position. He has the potential, the instinct to be great… What an introduction! In training, he shows a lot of desire and he has all the skills required to impose himself at the highest level. If he continues to seize his chance and tap into his enormous potential, he will have a great future. »
It is that the Frenchman did not only shake the nets, for his first appearance in the starting lineup in the league. Dangerous and active, the former Clairefontaine tried a lot (three strikes including two on target, no one did better) while being rather precise (87% of successful passes). Without forgetting to dare to dribble, something not necessarily obvious for a newcomer who has not yet reached the age of majority. What’s more, the native of Sarcelles was replaced by Leroy Sané half an hour from the end and therefore only played 61 minutes.
Didier Deschamps as charmed as Julian Nagelsmann?
It must be said that Tel, the youngest player in the history of Rennes to have walked on a professional lawn (at only 16 brooms and 110 days), had warned his world before leaving France. All the educators, interviewed here and there, who have seen him at work paint a glowing portrait of the kid: talented, of course, but also complete and mature or even versatile. A profile capable of adapting to one of the largest structures in the world, and which charmed Julian Nagelsmann. “He is strong, fast. In addition, he can play in several positions. One day he can become one of the best strikers on the planet.” thus bluntly launched the Munich coach, at a press conference.
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From there to seeing it in the small papers of Didier Deschamps, currently refining his list for the World Cup which starts in November? It is obviously (much) too early to answer in the affirmative, the presence in selection requiring a much more extensive and experienced course. But maybe the path of the Blues is shorter than it looks, or it will be taken faster. “You have to give him time. It’s a 2005, there are stages. We do not pass the baccalaureate without having done the second and the first. There are things to take into account such as the evolution of his physique, we must not burn him. He’s starting to train with the group, it’s already huge.” , said for example the president of Rennes Nicolas Holveck, finally overtaken by the rapid rise of his foal, at the microphone of RMC a short year ago. In any case, the first examinations were passed with certain success. When will the diplomas be in hand?
By Florian Cadu