The next Toni Kroos? Niklas Dorsch (l.) held his own in the Bayern Munich midfield on his Bundesliga debut. - © imago / Huebner
The next Toni Kroos? Niklas Dorsch (l.) held his own in the Bayern Munich midfield on his Bundesliga debut. - © imago / Huebner
Bundesliga

Who is Bayern Munich debutant goalscorer Niklas Dorsch?

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.

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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

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