Freiburg’s English winger Ryan Kent was handed his first Bundesliga start by coach Christian Streich, with the 20-year-old featuring in an attacking role against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Since completing a deadline-day move from the Premier League giants, Kent had made three substitute appearances for Freiburg. The Oldham-native featuring against Bayer Leverkusen, Hannover and Werder Bremen. But it was at the Allianz Arena where Kent had been trusted with the enormous task of starting against the champions.
Kent had two chances in the first half of the game, the first of which he will be kicking himself over tonight. The winger was played in behind the Bayern Munich defence but without much time to consider his options. His shot on goal was good, but the save from Sven Ulreich denied him from scoring his first goal in Germany.
In a recent interview with The Times, the tricky winger confidently predicted, "I think I can be young player of the year here." When pressed if he meant at Freiburg, Kent responded, “No, in the Bundesliga."
He looked the most threatening player to Bayern's chances of winning as he cut inside from the left wing, and after spriniting across the Munich box, fired towards goal, only for Ulreich to once again be the last line of defence. He was substituted after 66 minutes of what was a game which showed much promise for the youngster.