Bayern Munich striker of Nigerian descent, Joshua Zirkzee, said he plans to succeed current first choice striker, Robert Lewandowski someday in the Bundesliga side.
Born to a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother, Zirkzee made news when he scored his first goal Bundesliga debut goal with his first touch and helped Munich’s late win against Freiburg.
Zirkzee replicated the same stunning performance in a home match against Wolfsburg just days later to reach two top-flight goals in record time.
“After I first trained with Bayern, I knew that’s who I wanted to join,” he was quoted on bundesliga.com as he made known his plans to become the first-choice striker in Bayern Munich.
“I told myself, let me do three sessions – then I’ll decide if I’m good enough.
“They told me I have the quality, but also that they wanted to work on my conditioning, among other things. They’ve been true to their word.
“I want to become the striker at Bayern – that’s always been my objective.”
The 18-year-old also revealed what he learned from Lewandowski who is Bundesliga’s all-time leading non-German marksman.
“His timing, how he shields the ball, his sprints towards goal – I’m taking in everything Lewandowski does.”
Lewandowski is currently recovering from a groin injury which gives Zirkzee the opportunity to stand in his place as a lone striker for the club in the upcoming match against Bundesliga 2 club Nuremberg in a mid-season friendly on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Zirkzee had almost joined English side, Everton during his trial time at the Club as a 16-year-old.
“Everton was a serious option for me,” he recalled.
“Ronald Koeman was coach, Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United that summer and I got the feeling from Everton that there was a good chance I could really become something there. They even offered me a contract whilst I was on trial.”
But he left to join Bayern Munich in summer 2017 from Feyenoord where he was promoted to the senior team by interim coach, Hansi Flick in November 2019 after playing in U17s and U19s.
Zirkzee currently represents Netherlands in the youth level but he is also eligible to represent Nigeria on the international level.