Heidenheim-bound Niklas Dorsch is the latest up-and-comer to have been blooded at Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old scored a debut Bundesliga goal against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 32 - but what's his story?

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What position does he play?

With one-man orchestra Toni Kroos as his self-styled idol, it can only be central midfield. A defensive role in front of the back four is Dorsch's preference, but he can also operate effectively further up the pitch. And what the Bundesliga newcomer lacks in height - he's only 5'8" - he more than makes up for in forward-thinking application. The former Nuremberg youth player is always on the lookout for a defence-splitting pass; shifting the ball sideways or backwards just isn't his way. He's tenacious, too.

Is he any good?

Captain of the Bayern reserves since the start of the current campaign, an U17 Fritz-Walter silver medalist (the prize awarded to Germany's brightest young things) and a 19-time Germany youth international: of course he's good! He's also dabbled in senior affairs, playing the second half of a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan last summer and warming the substitutes' bench in the Bundesliga on more than one occasion.

Key stats

Scorer of the opening goal and lasting the full 90 minutes of the 4-1 win against Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena, Dorsch looked right at home in the Bayern engine room...

Pass completion: 82 percent
Tackles won: 6
Distance covered: 7 miles
Touches: 48
Sprints: 15

Dorsch (No.30) showed gret composure to break the deadlock against fellow DFB Cup finalists Frankfurt. © imago

What are they saying?

"Dorsch played very well [against Frankfurt]. It was important for him to have fun and enjoy it." - Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich

"Niklas has all the qualities of a central midfielder. When he picks up possession he already knows where he's going to send the ball. This is a rare quality, and in his position, indispensable." - former Germany youth coach Marcel Lucassen

"He's always played well in the Bayern youth teams, and we have every faith he’ll continue to make strides at the club." - former Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer

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