Arsenal missed out on the ‘new Toni Kroos’ when Torben Rhein picked Bayern Munich instead, as reported by Sport1.
In 2006, when Penfold lookalike Felix Magath was forcing Owen Hargreaves, Mark van Bommel and Daniel Van Buyten to pound up hills and rub cheese on their aching limbs, FC Hollywood raided Hansa Rostock for one of German football’s up-and-coming thespians.
Seven years later, Toni Kroos set off for Real Madrid a three-time Bundesliga winner, and World and European champion to boot.
Whether Rhein can emulate the impact of one of the modern game’s most decorated playmakers remains to be seen.
But, according to Goal, there are plenty within Bayern’s Sabener Strasse training base who believe Rhein can be the second coming of Kroos.
However, speaking to Sport1, the pass-picking wonderkid admits there’s another midfielder he models himself on.
“I include my passing game (among my strengths) but my two-footed position is probably my greatest weapon,” says Rhein, who has honed his talent in Bayern’s youth ranks under the legendary Miroslav Klose.
“Andres Iniesta is my idol and inspired me with the way he played. My current favourite players are Messi and Thiago Alcantara.”
Sport1 also enquired why the one-time Hertha Berlin starlet chose Bayern over Arsenal and Barcelona when leaving the German capital.
“When I heard as a very young player Bayern wanted me, it naturally triggered something in me,” Rhein explains.
“It is every player’s dream to play for a club like this one day. When I came to Munich and was shown the Allianz Arena, I came to the conclusion I want to take this step. The club and this story convinced me.”
Rhein was recently awarded the silver version of the prestigious Fritz Walter Medal, finishing in second place behind Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz.