Bavarian Loan Watch: Joshua Zirkzee thrives under Vincent Kompany


Most Bayern Munich fans will remember well what Joshua Zirkzee did at the end of calendar year 2019. In his first two Bundesliga appearances, Zirkzee came in late in the game as a substitute and scored the winning goal every time. Although he has shown a lot of potential in attack, it is difficult to break into the squad when you face Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry – to name a few. Rather than having him play for the second team, Bayern loaned him to Italian team Parma. Sadly, the young Dutchman suffered an injury at LCL during his time in Italy and was only able to make four appearances.

Now, two years after his incredible Bundesliga match winners, Zirkzee finds himself on loan in Belgium to play for RSC Anderlecht. Under the leadership of legendary player-turned-coach Vincent Kompany, Zirkzee could finally be thriving. With eight goals in 18 appearances this season, Kompany even said that Zirkzee is too good for the Belgian league! Zirkzee humbly replied, “When it comes from her mouth, it’s naturally a big compliment. You have respect for every coach, but a little more for someone with someone with such a track record. I don’t agree with him, that I’m too good for Belgian football. I don’t think anyone here is too good for the Belgian league.

His loan to Anderlecht ends this summer. Zirkzee will be hoping to build on his success from the first half of the season this spring and show why he deserves a chance to break into the Bayern squad. When asked if he wanted to continue his career at FC Bayern, Zirkzee said: “The FC Bayern chapter [of his career] is not yet finished.


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