It is three years now since Bayern Munich cut the ribbon at their space-age, state-of-the-art youth academy.
“It will give us the opportunity to generate great success in the future,” president Uli Hoeness told the Bundesliga’s official website at the time, uber-confident that the so-called FC Bayern Campus would prove to be an elite-level finishing school for the new Thomas Muller, the next David Alaba.
Flash forward to the present day, however, and all that work, all that cost has resulted in, well, very little.
FC Hollywood are as reliant as ever on the same old cast members.
The proposed stream of young, homegrown talent just hasn’t materialised with the few lucky enough to have been handed Bundesliga debuts eventually being farmed out the door, such as Niklas Dorsch and Meritan Shabani.
Questions are being asked now, from fans and pundits alike. And if Bayern are serious about creating their own fresh-faced starlets rather than just nicking everyone else’s, then they surely cannot afford to consider any offers from Arsenal for Angelo Stiller.
According to BILD, a Gunners side who have been rewarded for their faith in the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have another teen sensation in their sights – an all-action midfielder who has ten assists in just 24 matches for Bayern’s youth sides this season.
“He’s already very mature. Stiller has a cool head and has adapted very quickly to the higher intensity in the third division,” Bavarian legend Hoeness has said about a box-to-box dynamo who has captained the club at U17 level.
Bayern invested £70 million into building one of the most forward-thinking campuses in the game. Now it’s time to put their mouth where their money is.