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Perhaps the only reason why Bayern have not more aggressively pursued Leon Goretzka or Levin Oztunali is the fact they have another teenage gem in the ranks of their midfield, Pierre Hojbjerg. And although the Denmark international looked hopelessly far back in the German double-winners' depth not long ago, recent developments suggest he'll have his chances this season.
Toni Kroos was sold, and both Thiago Alcantara and Bastian Schweinsteiger are set to be sidelined until mid-September at earliest. Rafinha is also injured, making it possible for Hojbjerg to play out of his natural, central position on the right wing.
And in addition to the many injuries, the likes of Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm will have to manage inevitable post-World Cup fatigue.
There is the possibility of competition from Gianluca Gaudino, who started in Bayern's Bundesliga opener ahead of Hojbjerg. But although the 17-year-old played very well in that game, his physical immaturity will predictably limit his minutes at a time in his career when propensity to pick up an overuse injury is substantially higher.
All this will be good news for Hojbjerg's development, and the Bayern bigwigs rate him well. In May, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's official website that it was not an option to loan Hojbjerg, whom he felt had a real chance to break into the first team.
Having turned 19 in early August, the ex-Brondby man now has a sturdy frame to complement his sublime technical skills. Come next May, he could already be a star.