High hopes for Bayern’s ‘next’ Alaba

FC Bayern München believe that teenage left-back Marco Friedl has the potential to become as good as David Alaba in that position for the club.

The 18-year-old's talent was spotted as a 10-year-old when he was at FC Kufstein in a lower league in Austria. He arrived at nearly the same time as Alaba in 2008 and the pair have reportedly struck up a good friendship on and off the field.

Such is Friedl's talent, he was recently invited to train with the first team.

The player said of this experience to the club's official website: "Training with the first team is a great thing for me. I have to give my all and can measure myself against the best players in the world. It’s ideal for my development. I’m trying a lot, and it's about soaking it all up and taking that with you."

Meanwhile, the club have described why the rising starlet could go on to become the next Alaba, saying: "The Austrian duo are similar on the pitch. It's not just that they both play mainly at left-back, but there are also parallels in their style of play. 

"Just like Alaba, Friedl knows how to persistently attack down the wing and send in good crosses. Moreover, both players possess highly dangerous free-kicks, with Friedl already have two goals from such set pieces already this season."

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