Armindo Sieb has been blazing a trail in German youth football, scoring goals for fun for Hoffenheim as well as Die Mannschaft to earn a move to Bayern Munich whilst drawing comparisons with Serge Gnabry, but what else is there to know?
bundesliga.com has the scoop…
Club: Bayern Munich
Country: Germany (3 U17 caps/3 goals)
Sieb was born in Halle, a 35-minute drive west of Leipzig, in February 2003. As one of the most promising young attacking talents in eastern Germany, it was little surprise to see him picked up by ambitious Saxony upstarts RB Leipzig at the age of 14. He only hung around for one season at the Red Bull Arena, though, leaving for Hoffenheim in July 2018. Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann may have made the opposite journey at the start of the current campaign, but at academy level Die Kraichgauer are UEFA Youth league regulars with a litany of German age-group titles to their name.
Sieb hit the ground running with Danny Galm's U17s. Only 15 years, five months and 26 days old when he made his debut in a 2-1 win at Augsburg, the young forward concluded his first campaign with 10 goals from his 25 games. This last season has seen him grow - both physically and as an all-round attacking threat - and before the coronavirus-enforced break in play he had matched last year's goal tally in 10 fewer games, while adding five assists.
With a hand in a goal every 60 minutes he has played this term, Sieb has also made the step up to Christian Wück's Germany U17 team. He made his debut in a 5-0 win over Kazakhstan in November and has now scored three in three at that level for his country. On 13 May, Bayern confirmed the signing of Sieb from Hoffenheim on a three-year contract.
Plays a bit like: Serge Gnabry
Sieb has been nicknamed "mini-Gnabry" by his teammates and the parallels go far beyond his striking physical similarity to the Bayern and Germany star.
Able to finish chances with both feet, Sieb packs plenty of strength into his 5'9" frame. His pace and explosive power make him a nightmare to handle regardless of where he lines up in the final third, be it on either flank, behind the striker, or leading the line himself.
Gnabry spent a season on loan at Hoffenheim in 2017/18, scoring 10 goals - including a wonder-strike against Leipzig - in 22 games. At the rate Sieb is progressing, it shouldn't be too long until he's matching Gnabry at senior level.
Watch: Gnabry's incredible lob scored for Hoffenheim against Leipzig in December 2017
Did you know?
Sieb's season was actually cut short four games before any of his teammates' due to a red card picked up in December's 2-1 loss at Bayern. Nick Breitenbücher had opened the scoring for Hoffenheim but the Bavarians struck back though Behar Neziri and Liam Morrison. Sieb's frustration spilled over and he was given his marching orders after friction with Angelo Brückner on 70 minutes.
What they're saying
"We're always proud to be able to send players to the national team. It's a bonus for the lads being able to prove themselves alongside the best in the country. He's earned the experience by working hard every day at the club." - Hoffenheim U17 coach Galm on Sieb's call-up for Germany
"What do broad shoulders bring you if you don't have the heart of a lion?" - Sieb, in a thank you message to his mother on Instagram, after reaching three goals in three games for Germany.