Nigerian descent Joshua Orobosa Zirkzee is eager to succeed Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich when the Polish striker leaves Allianz Arena in the future.
The 18-year-old Netherlands-born who rescued Bavarian twice after making headlines prior to the 2019-20 winter break when he came off the bench to score a Bundesliga debut goal with his first touch, and help the champions to a last-gasp win against Freiburg.
Zirkzee’s two substitute appearances have totalled eight minutes, but the forward scored again in the 2-0 league win over Wolfsburg, finding the back of the net after being on the pitch for two minutes to replace Barcelona on loan star Philippe Coutinho on both occasions.
The forward now he hopes to be the first-choice striker someday after Lewandowski era has come to end with the German giant as he told Voetbal International via Bundesliga official website on some of the things he has learnt from the Polish striker, who is the Bundesliga’s all-time leading non-German marksman.
“His movement from crosses or how he moves between the lines.
“His timing, how he shields the ball, his sprints towards goal – I’m taking in everything Lewandowski does.”
“After I first trained with Bayern, I knew that’s who I wanted to join,” he added.
“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.”
With Lewandowski recovering from minor groin surgery, Zirkzee is set to deputise in the lone striker’s role when Bayern play Bundesliga 2 club Nuremberg in a mid-season friendly on Saturday.
And recalling how he almost joined Everton permanently as a 16-year-old trialist: “Everton was a serious option for me,” he said.
“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.”
Zirkzee is currently a youth international for the Netherlands.